A three month old ‘Manjhi’ along with her grandmother Emiko Yamada on Saturday morning left for Delhi by road to catch a Air India flight to japan tonight.
Prior to her departure, Emiko Yamada said “ I am very happy as I am going to my country with Manjhi which is like a dream coming true after a long legal wrangling.”
“I am so happy that I feel like crying all the time as I had lost the hope to take my grand daughter to Japan but finally, we won this battle,” she said.
Regarding her future visit to India ,she said “ I will visit India with Manjhi once in two years which will help the child to know about the rich Indian culture and traditions.”
Kamal Vijayvergiya a family friend who played a crucial role in fighting a legal battle to settle the case , said “I am satisfied after the removal of all the hurdles and Manjhi would leave for Japan with her grand mother by Air India flight tonight at 11pm.”
He said “ I am getting frequent calls from my friend and Manjhi’s father , Ikufumi Yamada in Japan who is over excited over with the news that his child will be with him very soon.”
Kamal Vijayvergiya’s wife Shweta who breastfed Manjhi at a Jaipur hospital ,said “ I love the child like my own kid and we are slightly sad over her departure. At the same time, we are also happy because she will meet her father and get the feel of her country.”
A local passport office recently issued the identity certificate to the child which was received by her grandmother ,Emiko Yamada.
Child’s grandmother had applied for the travel documents to Japanese embassy in Delhi and got them after a week .
The baby faced an uncertain future since her biological parents - Ikufumi Yamada, an orthopaedic surgeon with a Tokyo hospital, and Yuki Yamada - are now divorced.
The couple had signed an agreement with Dr Nayanben Patel and Pritiben of Ahmedabad, according to which Pritiben became the surrogate mother .
Father Ikufumi's sperm and unknown donor’s egg were fertilised in a Tokyo hospital in the presence of the couple.
Manjhi (it means swastika in Japanese) has been getting some tender loving care from a family friend Kamal Vijayavergya , a jeweler at Dr Arya's Hospital.
Ikufumi’s friend Kamal Vijayvergiya was instrumental in shifting the child from Ahemadabad to jaipur after the bomb blast and got her admitted in a Dr Sanjay Araya’s hospital in the city.
The original documents about agreements signed between child’s father and surrogate mother Pritiben at Ahemdabad showed that there was no ambiguity about the anonymous donors of the egg whereas sperms belonged to the father.
The Supreme Court of India had earlier directed the Government of India to take a final decision on the fate of Manjhi within four weeks from the date of representation made by the baby’s grandmother in the month of Sept,2008 .
Baby’s grandmother , Emiko Yamada and his mother relentlessly fought the legal battle to get the custody of Manjhi, who was delivered by a surrogate mother from Ahmedabad in a hospital in July 26 this year.