Mangalore, May 25: Dr. Jeevaraj Sorake, the managing director of SCS Hospital, said that the three plane crash survivors, who were receiving treatment in his hospital, are not ordinary patients, adding that their survival reflects the graceful and invisible hand of God.
The 3 patients in question were the first of the survivors to be discharged from the hospital. They are Mr. Mayankutty of Kannur, Mr. Krishna Kolikannu of Kasargod, and Mr. Pradeep of Vamanjoor in Mangalore. The hospital arranged an emotionally charged send-off party for these patients, who had witnessed the grace of God.
The hospital authorities garlanded the three survivors, who expressed their gratitude to the hospital. The survivors lauded the kindness of the hospital authorities and the support given to them in all aspects.
In his thanksgiving speech, Mr. Mayankutty said that the medical staff of SCS Hospital took good care of him and that he will never forget it. He said that the staff supported him day and night for 3 entire days, adding that their kindness made him forget the trauma of the disaster. Mr. Mayankutty said that the hospital has inspired him to help the poor and the needy.
Mr. Sorake said that the hospital has made all the arrangements to take the survivors back to their homes. The hospital has not charged them for the treatment received, said Sorake and explained that it was not right on the part of the hospital to talk about money when the survivors are still traumatized by the crash. He said that the Air India authorities have agreed to foot the medical bills.
Mr. Krishnan Koolikannu, the eldest of the 3 survivors, said that the crash has taught him that money is a part of life, but not everything. He said that God gave him enough courage to make the deadly jump out of the ill-fated plane, adding that God saved him again by leaving just a few bruises on his body. The incident has increased his faith in God, he said. The plane crash survivor intends to live life normally and go back to Dubai. He said that he will save enough money to satisfy his family and for those who are really in need of money.
Mayor of Mangalore Rajani Dugganna, MLA Yogish Bhat, and others were also present during this occasion.