Monday, February 13, 2012

Mangalore: Kingfisher Officials Deny Entry to Toddler Needing Medical Treatment

Kingfisher airlines Sunday allegedly denied permission to airlift a 36-month-old toddler who was in the need of of emergency medical help thereby forcing his parents to move him by road to Bangalore.

Mangalore, Feb 13: A toddler suffering from an illness and needing advanced medical treatment at Bangalore was allegedly denied entry into a Kingfisher flight by its officials on Sunday February 12.

One-and-half-year-old Abdul Hadi, son of Ibrahim from Kasargod, was admitted to a hospital in Mangalore a few days ago for fever. Doctors who examined him recommended him to further treatment at NIMHANS in Bangalore, and also issued relevant medical documents to facilitate his treatment there.

It is said that Ibrahim also got in touch with Kingfisher Airlines and made special arrangement to fly Hadi to Bangalore. He and three others in the family including Hadi's mother were given tickets for Sunday afternoon flight.

Hadi was taken by ambulance to the airport, but just before boarding the flight, he was stopped by Kingfisher officials who demanded more documents and also refused to accept the letter by Hadi's doctor. They said that the letter had mentioned that oxygen was a 'must' for the patient, and such facility was not available with the aircraft. They requested the word 'must' to be changed to 'have' in order to be allowed entry.

No amount of persuasion helped, and the officials were firm on not letting Hadi into the flight. All efforts to contact Kingfisher Airlines official who had given the permission earlier also went in vain.

By then it was already time for take-off and Ibrahim missed the flight. Hadi was again shifted back to a hospital in Mangalore. Sources said that alternate arrangements were made to take him to Bangalore by ambulance. Kingfisher Airlines reportedly refunded the air ticket to Ibrahim.


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