No wheelchair for elderly with cancer at Delhi airport

A 79-year-old person, who is suffering from cancer, was allegedly denied a wheelchair at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Thursday. He had arrived from Kathmandu for treatment, along with his 75-year-old wife.

The elderly couple had to wait for more than an hour and a half, before they chose to walk out of the airport.

The son-in-law of the cancer patient said that the couple landed at Delhi airport by an Air India flight. The patient's wife requested the airline staff for help and mentioned that her husband would need a wheelchair.

They were told that they would get help from the ground staff, once they got down from the aircraft. But they were denied the facility.

The son-in-law said that they were told that as the ground duty staff was not informed before landing, there was no wheelchair available. This was even though the ticket mentioned that they were senior citizens and would need a wheelchair.

The elderly man had undergone a major surgery few weeks back, and was in Delhi for further treatment. He was made to walk at the airport and waited for about two hours inside the terminal building. Later they walked out of the terminal and took a taxi for the hotel.

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