Two airline companies, L’Alphie Travels & Tours and Brussels Airlines have brought relief to Natoe Lewis and her boyfriend Albert Dennis by taking the responsibility to attend to the health need of their child.
Six-year-old Samtee Dennis has been diagnosed of Congenital Heart Disease, a condition, which causes unusual breathing for the child.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer Thursday, July 10, Lewis Wah, general manager of L’Alphie Travels & Tours said his travel agency is providing the air ticket for the family to go to Ghana and return on same.
He said the assistance to the family is part of the agency’s social responsibility to Liberians as a business entity operating in Liberia.
According to Wah, the decision to help the Liberian child came when Brussels Airlines representative Ama Harris talked to Management of L’Alphie Travels & Tours, expressing the need to help the family as Brussels Airlines has been doing.
Also briefing the Daily Observer about the child, Ama Harris of Brussels Airlines said his medical record shows that the four sections of the heart are not properly formed, thus causing a hole on it (heart).
Ms Harris said the family’s trip to Ghana is to scan the heart and send back the report. Afterward, she said Brussels Airlines will arrange with non-governmental groups in the United States and will send the child there for surgery.
According to her, the Akai Clinic in Ghana has the equipment that can scan the heart, and will cost US$250 to do.
At this time, Brussels Airlines as a company will not come in, but Ama Harris will underwrite the cost while the family takes responsibility of the lodging.
Reacting to the gesture, Albert Dennis, father of the sick child said it is God’s blessing through the two travel agencies for his child to have hope of life.
Mr. Dennis said after seeking assistance from many people including lawmakers, he heard from radio discussion how Brussels Airlines assisted some sick children to seek medical treatment abroad.
“When I heard that, I could not waste time but contacted Ama to help my child. Fortunately she consented and sent us to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center where they got information about the condition of the child’s health,” he said.
He indicated that the assistance from the airline and Ama for the trip relieves them of the stress the child’s condition has caused them, stressing further that they now have hope the child can survive since Brussels Airlines is going to underwrite the cost of traveling abroad to do the surgery.
Brussels Airlines has over the time been engaged in helping children under critical conditions, sending them abroad for surgery.
The latest involved one Ishmael Keita, who was flown to Texas early this year and successfully underwent surgery for the same Congenital Heart problem.
Costs of transport were undertaken by Brussels Airlines and some non-governmental organizations in the United States paid the cost of the surgery through negotiation by the airlines.