Rescued by Mother Teresa, he returns from London to pay homage

A young polio-afflicted child who  was abandoned by his parents in Kolkata but rescued by  Mother Teresa, has now returned.

Published: 24th August 2016 01:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2016 01:28 PM   |  A+A-

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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 1993, file photo Mother Teresa, head of Missionaries of Charity, is photographed, in New Delhi, India. A collection of previously unreleased writings by Mother Teresa is coming out in August 2016, weeks before the late Nobel Peace


KOLKATA: A young polio-afflicted child who  was abandoned by his parents in Kolkata but rescued by  Mother Teresa, has now returned here from London as an NRI to  retrace his roots and pay homage to the late nun who will be  declared saint next month.     

Still dependent on crutches from his childhood battle  with polio, 39-year-old Gautam Lewis, who was adopted by a  British nuclear physicist from the Missionaries of Charity  here, is now not only a commercial pilot himself but also runs  a training school for disabled pilots in London.       

He has skipped an invitation from the Vatican to attend  the sainthood ceremony of the late Mother on September 4 and  instead decided to have film shows and photo exhibitions in  the city where he was born and where the Mother worked all  her life.     

At the the Mother Teresa International Film Festival  (MTIFF) beginning here this Friday, a 55-minute-long  documentary film 'Mother Teresa & Me' made by Lewis will be  screened at the Nandan multiplex.      

"The film is to celebrate the life of that lady whom I  call my second mother as she and her nuns had rescued me," he  told PTI, adding that he moved around the city and outskirts  to retrace his roots.             

He went back to the Rehabilitation Centre for  Children, where he was admitted for two years for polio after  being rescued by Mother Teresa and her nuns in neighbouring  suburban Howrah at the age of three.        

He remembers how he used to go to the church every  Sunday with the Mother till he moved abroad following adoption  at the age of seven.

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