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Ailing Russians airlifted from Goa

Posted on Apr 02, 10:29AM | IBNS

Panaji, Apr 1 : In what could be the first time ever in the tourist state of Goa, two Russians were airlifted back to their native country after their health condition remained critical.

Mikhail Jhilov, 32, and Yulia Nacheava, 31, were flown to Moscow on an air ambulance Sunday evening.

In the first case, Mikhail suffered skull fractures and dislocation of spine when he collided with a speeding car while riding his motorbike near Morjim beach, almost a month ago.

He was admitted in the Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim.

Whereas in the other case, Yulia lost her mental balance after her male partner died due to drowning at Doodhsagar waterfall at Collem.

She was undergoing treatment at the Institute of Psychiatric and Human Behaviour, Bambolim.

Counsel for the Russian Consulate, Vikram Varma said the state Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had personally intervened in the matter also as Mikhail's visa expired on March 29.

"Parrikar's timely intervention helped the Russian from being booked for overstaying," Varma said.

The two patients had separately arrived Goa. "Russian diplomats were sent to Goa to oversee the evacuation. The patients will now undergo treatment at their native country," the counsel said.

The number of Russians, in 2011-12 outnumbered British vacationers in Goa and among them, several are covered under the Moscow-based mediclaim insurance. Nearly hundreds have availed the cashless insurance policy in Goa, which is the pioneer state to launch the scheme.