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Barber in coma flown home for treatment.

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AN Indian man, who has been in a coma for nearly six weeks, was flown home yesterday morning.

Mohammed Mustafa Abdulrasheed, 48, who suffered brain haemorrhage, required four litres of oxygen per minute for a seven-hour journey to Cochin, said NACIL-I (formerly known as Indian Airlines) country manager Niranjan Kumar.

The aircraft was already equipped with seven oxygen cylinders.

"We arranged eight extra oxygen cylinders from Delhi to meet any emergency in case of any diversion of the flight," he told the GDN.

"The oxygen was provided to the patient free of cost by NACIL-I."

Mr Abdulrasheed was re-examined in the aircraft by a team of doctors and nurses of the airport clinic before fixing the stretcher on board to ensure safe airlifting to India, said Mr Kumar.

"We are thankful to the Civil Aviation Affairs, Airport Security, police team, the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) team and the Bahrain Airport Services' special handling team who have well co-ordinated the handling of the patient right from SMC up to the aircraft."

Mr Kumar said an accompanying nurse from SMC was carrying all the emergency equipment to meet any eventuality during the flight.

"At the destination, our NACIL team co-ordinated well in advance with all the agencies at Cochin International Airport for providing special handling and immediate clearance from customs, immigration and security," he added.

Mr Abdulrasheed was found unconscious by his roommates in their Manama apartment on June 7 and he was later admitted to SMC, where he was lying in a coma condition.

Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre president C K Abdulrahman, who helped other volunteers and friends in the repatriation, thanked Indian Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty for arranging to meet the travel costs from the Indian Community Relief Fund.

"It cost BD740 to carry the patient in a stretcher and for the return airfare of the nurse," he added.

Mr Abdulrahman thanked Mr Kumar and his NACIL team who helped the patient reach Cochin safely.

"He was later transported by an ambulance to Trivandrum Medical College hospital," he said.

Mr Abdulrasheed has been working in Bahrain for nearly 19 years as a barber at a small saloon in Manama.

He is the only bread-winner for his wife, 16-year-old daughter and two sons aged 10 and seven.

The initial estimated cost of treatment is around BD3,000. Friends in Bahrain have managed to raise about BD2,000.

People who wish to make a donation should send money to his father's bank account in India - A M Musthafa, Account Number 123, Tholicode branch, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

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