Tanzanian Who Flew to Chennai for Heart Treatment, Dies at Airport
He made it 5315 kilometres from Dodoma to Chennai, but before Elfalah
Khamis Nassor (60) could drive another 9 km from the airport to MIOT
Hospitals for his medical appointment, his heart gave out.
and his wife had flown from Tanzania to Chennai from Muscat by Oman Air
flight WY 251 which arrived at the airport at 6.15 am.
taken some time for them to get their luggage and clear customs. It was a
little before 7 AM when they finally reached the lift lobby and started
to exit the terminal when he suddenly clutched his chest and fell
down," said a vendor inside the international terminal.
doctors from the Apollo Emergency Clinic at the airport were called to
revive him, all they could do was to pronounce him dead.
Nassor, a Tanzanian citizen whose doctor had found that one of his heart valves was either weak or damaged, had suggested that he get it operated in a foreign country.
After some internet research,
he and his wife Habsy Nasrah Kalfan (49) had zeroed in on MIOT Hospital
is Nandambakkam and contacted their international desk, "He had
hypertension, diabetes mellitus and his heart valves had been
problematic. So we were to reconfirm the diagnosis and offer surgical
aid if necessary," said a spokesperson from the multispeciality
Doctors at the airport have confirmed that Oman Airways
had transported the body to the Chrompet GH for a post-mortem exam,
though MIOT had offered to handle the relieving formalities. "His death
may have been caused by the stress of travel as his heart may have been
extremely weak. It is very tragic," said an AAI official.
His wife is in an extremely distraught state, but has consented to return home with his body, on Friday.