After three agonising days, the family of a man who had gone missing from the city airport, found him at Sion hospital on Tuesday. The man, who suffers from schizophrenia, was last seen at the international airport in Sahar where he and his family had landed on Friday evening from Uganda.
On Tuesday, HT had reported that the man, aged 38, was found walking aimlessly at Mahim railway station and taken to Sion hospital. The man did not have any identification or luggage and was wearing torn clothes. On Tuesday morning, his family, who had been frantically searching for him, received an anonymous call saying he had been admitted at Sion hospital. “The caller may have read the news report and alerted us,” said Nitin, his brother. The family had an emotional reunion at the hospital.
The man had been diagnosed with schizophrenia 15 years ago and is undergoing treatment for the disorder. The family visits Bhuj, their native place in India, every year. The man’s wife, Jyoti, said he wandered out of the international airport while the rest of the family were waiting for a transfer to the domestic airport. The man does not carry a mobile phone and did not have his passport when he walked out.
“The security guard did not allow him to re-enter without his passport. When I went back to bring his passport, he had disappeared,” said Jyoti. The family filed a missing complaint at Sahar police station. The man does not remember much about the past 3 days. “He just mentioned that he survived on tea,” Jyoti said.
“The patient must not have taken his medication properly due to which his schizophrenia worsened,” said Dr Nilesh Shah, head of psychiatry, Sion hospital.
Man’s name withheld at the request of the family