The Turkologist Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ilhan Başgöz was brought to Turkey by the ambulance plane belongs to the Ministry of Health.
Başgöz, who have battled cancer for a long time, borught back to homeland to continue his treatment in Turkey upon his request, officials said. Thereupon, an ambulance plane was sent to the USA by the Ministry of Health.
The 99 year old professor was brought to Turkey by fully equipped plane to Esenboga Airport, after the completion of the necessary procedures for patient transport in USA.
Başgöz, expressed the happiness of returning to his country in his statement.
Stating that he was tired of having worked abroad for 33 years, Başgöz expressed the happiness of returning to home country by reading a poem of Enver Gökçe.
Başgöz was transferred to Ankara City Hospital by an ambulance for treatment.
The most important living Turkish folklorist
The Turkologist Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ilhan Başgöz was known as the most important living Turkish folklorist, was born in Sivas in 1921 and he earned his Ph.D. at Ankara University in 1949.
He is currently professor emeritus in folklore and Central Eurasian studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.