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Japan helps South Korean girl with acute leukemia to return home from India

NHK reported this morning that a five-year-old South Korean girl who was diagnosed with acute leukemia in India and was unable to return home due to travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic safely returned to South Korea on May 5 thanks to the help of the Japanese government. According to the network, the South Korean Embassy in India had been calling on nations for help, and the Japanese government decided to respond by securing seats for the girl and her family on a flight that was arranged to bring Japanese citizens in India home. The girl reportedly returned to South Korea via Japan. The network said local media are describing her return on the May 5 Children’s Day holiday in South Korea as “a miracle.”

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