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Amid the pandemic and suspension of global commercial flights, an international patient travelled by a chartered flight for treatment at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), an official said here on Saturday.

The KDAH welcomed the 25-year-old Omani man who needed extensive rehabilitation after an aneurysm bleed followed by surgery in Germany.

The patient was expected to travel to India in March, but he couldn’t due to the Covid-19 lockdown. After a wait of several months, an arrangement was made to shift him by a charter air ambulance.

Last week, the patient along with an attendant applied for a medical visa at the Indian embassy in Muscat.

“Both the patient and the attendant underwent Covid-19 test before departure. They tested negative and landed here on Friday. He has been admitted to the KDAH under the care of Dr Abhishek Srivastava and Dr Navita Purohit,” said a hospital spokesperson.

The KDAH medicos have thanked the government for helping the patient come to India for treatment in the COVID times.

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