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Air-India helps comatose NRI boy

A nine-year old boy and his mother returned to India from Qatar with the help of Air-India

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 21:34 IST

The healing touch of Air-India to bring a nine-year-old comatose boy back to India from Doha has been widely appreciated among the Indian people in Qatar.

The national carrier joined the local Indian Club and the Indian Embassy to aid Nilkant Rani, who has been in a coma after a ghastly car accident in October last year, travel to Mumbai.

It took the boy as a "stretcher case" on Thursday evening on board a flight to Mumbai and provided seats to his mother Gita, physician Dr Abraham Kollamana and nurse Lucy Anthony, who provided life-support services.

While Air-India provided free ticket to the volunteer nurse, it also gave discounted fares to others who accompanied Nilkant.

The boy suffered extensive head injuries in the accident when the vehicle driven by a family friend crashed killing Nilkant's two-month old sibling, his father Rajesh Gulab Rani, his maternal grandfather Mohan Bhagwan Bhatia and grandmother Meena Mohan Bhatia.

Ms Gita sustained minor injuries in the crash while their friend Shyam had a miraculous escape.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 15:07 IST