Bhutan's king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, lent his private plane to repatriate an American tourist who was the first infected with the new coronavirus in the country.
Bhutan is known to be the happiest country in the world since 2006, with a fast-growing economy and low levels of corruption. In early March, the country found its first infected with the new coronavirus. He was a 76-year-old American tourist, who was in the small country of the Himalayas for his love of hiking and climbing, writes the Daily News.
A few days after learning the diagnosis, Brett Hewitt became acquainted with the generosity of Jihme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the king of Bhutan, who offered his personal plane to return the tourist to his country of origin.
"Her Majesty's order was to be given all possible care," said Bhutan's Minister of Health, Dechen Wangmo. "The whole nation was praying for Brett."
The American was isolated with the woman in a hospital wing of Thimphu, the nation's capital. The King of Bhutan offered him a pair of pajamas and a silk cover to make the tourist as comfortable as possible.
"It was charming," said Brett's wife, Sandi. The monarch said he hoped one day to speak to Brett, a retired physicist, about black holes.
Despite the concern of Jihme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Brett's health condition worsened, even having to be connected to a fan. While the couple's children were trying to get support to repatriate Brett, the king took the initiative and made his private plane, equipped with the necessary medical equipment, available to take Brett back to the USA.
"What they did for you in Bhutan saved your life," one of the American doctors told Brett when he arrived in the United States.
To date, Wednesday, Bhutan has registered only 21 positive cases of the new coronavirus and remains without any record of deaths. In March, the country decreed population confinement and border closures.