Saudi National Refuses Treatment by 'Indians'

Times of India

KOLKATA, Jul 5: A Saudi Arabian, who was offered help by Air India officials at the Kolkata airport after he fell ill, refused to be treated in the city. He insisted that he be flown back to his country.

"I am from Saudi Arabia. You are Indian. I won't take treatment from you. I want to go home. I have a baby back home," Alsolami Meadi Medkhil (52) told TOI in broken English.

Medkhil was rushed to a private hospital after Qatar Airways' Bangkok-Doha flight made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport on Friday morning.

A retired Saudi Air Force officer, he complained of severe pain in the lower abdomen. But he refused treatment on reaching the hospital and insisted that he be allowed to fly to his country. So, Medkhil was taken to the airport and will be put on a flight to Dubai on Saturday evening if certified to fly.

His pain started around 9 am, an hour after the QA flight took off from Bangkok. The captain radioed a request to the air traffic control in Kolkata around 9.30 am. "A passenger is suffering from acute pain. I want to make a priority landing with medical facilities ready."

As soon as the QA flight landed at 10.57 am, some AI officials, who handle cargo for QA, were waiting at the ramp with an ambulance to help Medkhil in distress.

As soon as the flight landed, the officials, along with the airport doctor, took him to the ambulance. Then, he was shifted to the medical room. "The passenger was suffering from acute pain in the lower abdomen," said an official.

After keeping him under observation for a couple of hours, he was referred for treatment in the city. The immigration officials arranged a temporary landing permit. "He was travelling alone," said Basab Talukdar, DC (security control).

But Medkhil refused to take treatment there. The hospital authorities even made him speak to the Saudi embassy in Delhi. But he still insisted on going home. "All our efforts to keep him confined to his bed were in vain," said an employee of the hospital.

When the TOI team visited the hospital, Medkhil was sitting outside the main gate.

"The patient has a a stone in his left kidney. It will be difficult for him to fly for long hours," said Dr Dibakar Ghosh. 


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  • Moosa Kunhi, Kakkinje/Dammam

    Fri, Jul 04 2008

    Poor Saudi Don't know that India is well advanced in Medical Field. For Saudi's the treatment of disqualified Misiri doctura's is better than Indian doctor.As long as Saudi Arab is considered it depends upon Indians in all fields.People Should not look into their images when in distress.JAI HIND.

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