Twelve ill Filipino kids are sent to Delhi by an Indian actor and philanthropist. The kids are suffering from acute liver disease and requiring an organ transplant urgently.
Actor Sonu Sood arranged a free chartered flight to the 12 children, along with their family. The special flight has landed on Saturday.
According to a Khaleej Times report, the children, aged between 6 months and 2 years, are native of Cebu City and Manila. They have been admitted to Max Super Speciality Hospital and Indraprastha Apollo Hospital for the transplant.
The children and the family are currently in a 10-day quarantine period at the hospitals.
“Five of them were admitted to Max while seven to the Apollo Hospital,” Sood said.
The philanthropist revealed that he was contacted to rescue 10 Filipino infants in mid-July, however, only 12 made it.
12 Filipino children going to India for liver transplant, donors & attendants just boarded flight to Delhi. Hope and pray for their early, healthy return home! Bon voyage!#IndiaCares@MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy @DFAPHL @pcoogov @flyspicejet pic.twitter.com/UZLtLatLpf— India in Philippines (@indembmanila) August 14, 2020
“Unfortunately, six children were in very critical condition and could not be saved,” he added.
The transplant of the children at the hospitals is due to more than two months.
“Earlier, 3 to 4 of them used to visit us from the Philippines every month. But ever since the lockdown began, these sick children have been awaiting a liver transplant. They were in a grave health condition, and delay in treatment any further would have serious health implications,” Neerav Goyal, Head of Apollo’s liver transplant, Hepatobiliary, and Pancreatic unit, said.
Sood had also been busy sending off thousands of migrant workers back to their hometowns due to Covid-19 crisis.