Firefighters rush 240kg Covid-19 patient to hospital

MELAKA: Seven firefighters managed to lift a Covid-19 positive woman weighing 240kg into a fire truck and rushed her to Hospital Melaka for treatment.

The woman was said to be the heaviest to be given assistance under the “bariatric mission” of the state Fire and Rescue Department.

Its public relations officer Soon Wee Kiang said shortly after midnight yesterday, they received a distress call from the patient’s family member.

“We were alerted of a 25-year-old woman suffering from breathing difficulties and needed urgent medical treatment.

“A team in full personal protective equipment was deployed to her house in Kampung Bukit Rambai.

“The patient was then carried onto the truck during the operation that lasted about 45 minutes,” he said, adding that the woman was gasping for air when the team arrived.

The previous record of the heaviest person lifted by firefighters was a 230kg person from Cheng who subsequently died on July 22.

Soon said they received 12 distress calls to lift obese patients from their homes since early last year.

He, however, said that not all they attended to were Covid-19 patients.

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