Toddler Fizoidin Norizam from the Orang Asli settlement in Pos Bihai had been suffering from fever for the past three days but could not be taken to hospital due to bad road conditions and the long distance of 80km.
According to Mohd Farhan Marzuki, deputy fire commandant at the department's Subang air base, a request for the mercy flight was received from the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) in Gombak at 9am, after which the flight departed Subang at 11.20am and arrived at Pos Bihai at 12.25pm.
The toddler, accompanied by his parents, Rosmaliza Raman, 23, and Norizam John, 24, was then flown to the department's compound in Gua Musang at 12.45pm, before being transported by ambulance to the hospital, Mohd Farhan told Bernama here.
The flight crew comprised pilot and fire commandant Faridulahamin Mohd Noh, and Mohd Farhan himself, who served as co-pilot.
Today's mercy flight was the 20th undertaken this year by the department for sick Orang Asli located in remote areas near Gua Musang. - Bernama