|Ola Adebanji PR & Communications Manager Arik Air, Ayeni Samuel Olusegun Father of conjoined twins, Diana Ekpenyong Events & Sponsorships Coordinator Arik Air, Jide Alade Associate Vice President Marketing and Communications Arik Air, Mother of Conjoined twins Mrs. Ayeni Mary Abiodun and Efe Farinre Founder Linking Hands Foundation during visit of Arik Team to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja to present return tickets to New York to enable the twins undergo surgery in American hospital over the weekend. PHOTO CREDIT: Adeyanju Olowojoba||P|
West and Central Africa’s largest airline Arik Air has given a helping hand to parents of conjoined twins; Miracle and Testimony Ayeni by providing the family free flight tickets to The United States of America to enable the twins undergo surgery and access other medical they need to live normal lives.
A statement from the airline says that Arik Air is offering the support in partnership with Linking Hand Foundation; a non-governmental organisation founded by Efe Farinre; which has secured free medical treatment for the twins at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Arik Air says sponsoring the twins is the airline’s little way of not only ensuring that the Ayeni twins get needed medical treatment speedily but also to assist the family in reducing some of the financial burden associated with this trip.
While thanking the airline for this humane gesture, the Founder of Linking Hands Foundation, Efe Farinre said: “We are grateful to Arik Air for linking hands with us to give Miracle and Testimony Ayeni the opportunity to have individual lives. Through this invaluable support, Arik Air has given the twins a chance to live and yet again demonstrated leadership in corporate social responsibility”.
Farinre disclosed that “Miracle and Testimony Ayeni were born on 16th November, 2015, at St. Patrick Hospital Enugu, to Mr. Samuel Olusegun Ayeni and Mrs. Mary Abiodun Ayeni, both of Kogi State, Nigeria. The twin girls who are conjoined in the pelvic region were taken to The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu immediately after delivery. They were moved to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on 22nd April and have been under medical supervision”.
Arik Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Suraj Sundaram while commenting said that Arik Air has been committed to the community service from inception and has made contributions to various charitable activities through a number of events, programs and initiatives.
Mr. Suraj added that “In this instance, our support will enable these twins access to specialized medical care and give them an opportunity to build a healthy and productive future they deserve.”