Boy suffering from leukaemia gets to fly in helicopter

The boy and his mother ready to fly.

MIRI: Layang-Layang Aerospace Sdn Bhd brought smile to a four-year-old boy suffering from leukaemia, when it fulfilled his dream of flying in a helicopter.

“He was so happy when we flew him around Miri sky on board the B0105 Airbus Eurocopter. He told me that he could even touch the sky,” Capt Irwin M Menezes told The Borneo Post yesterday.

On Saturday, the boy was brought on a brief visit to the Layang-Layang hangar lingered at the terminal and took photos as the heavy rain prevented him from doing much.

He was accompanied by a doctor from Miri Hospital and volunteers from Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS).

“The weather was good today (yesterday), so we invited him here again to bring him on a flight inside the helicopter. Though it was a brief one, at least this boy had fulfilled his dreams,” said Capt Irwin. He added that Layang-Layang Aerospace group managing director Johan Poong Abdullah has always been a very charitable person, having inspired his employees and team to follow his footsteps.

Meanwhile, SCCS president Jocelyn Hee expressed her happiness that they had been able to help the toddler fulfil his dream.

The flight was part of SCCS’ ‘Last Wish Project’ to help palliative patients fulfil their wishes, which could be as simple as having a toy and riding a motorcycle to something that is much bigger such as visiting ‘Legoland’.

Capt Irwin (second left) and his team pose for a group photo with the boy.