Surgeon from Dubai appeals for return of passports left on Blue Line train
Dr. Zeeshan Khan came to the US several years ago to pursue a prestigious surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, but in the final days of his stay, the trip has turned into a nightmare with no apparent end in sight.
Khan, his wife Yasmin, and their two young children were scheduled to catch a flight from Logan International Airport to Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday night, en route back home to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. But while boarding a Blue Line train at Wonderland around 5 p.m., the family left behind a black backpack with a BMW logo containing $3,500, e-tickets for their flight, and their passports — without which they will not be able to leave the country.
“I’m just hoping some good soul finds my bag and turns in the passports,” Khan said today. “I don’t even care as much about the money and our tickets. The passports are the most important because we need them to travel out of the US.”
Khan, a trauma and spine surgeon based at Dubai’s Rashid Hospital, worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for one month in the fall of 2009 on a fellowship granted by the AO Foundation. He has been living in California since then, according to public records.
As another day of agonized waiting passed unsuccessfully, Khan waited today at MBTA Transit Police Headquarters on Southampton Street, hoping somebody would return the lost bag.
If the bag is not returned, Khan faces a time-consuming and tedious process to replace the lost passports, one he is not sure he can complete with no place to stay, no money, and his 13-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son in tow.
In order to obtain new passports, the family — who are originally from India but live in Dubai — would have to first travel to the Indian embassy in New York City to verify their identities and then to the United Arab Emirates embassy in Washington, D.C. to receive their passports, Khan said.
He said he doesn’t know how the family could do that when they don’t even have enough money to pay for their hotel tonight. Fortunately, the hotel has allowed the family to stay another night after being informed of their situation, Khan said.
“To be honest, I don’t know what I have to do,” he said. “I am so lost right now. I don’t know how to do this without any money or support.”
Anyone with information about Khan’s lost bag is asked to call the MBTA Transit Police or speak to a Transit Police officer.Todd Feathers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.