Medical evacuation helps Orang Asli boy get treatment

Helping save lives: Medevac allows the Orang Asli to get treatment. — Pic from Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Air Unit

GUA MUSANG: The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) Air Unit undertook a medical evacuation (medevac) operation for an Orang Asli boy from Kampung Bihai Lama, Pos Bihai, to receive treatment at Hospital Gua Musang.

According to the JBPM Air Base public relations officer in Penang, Assistant Fire Superintendent Muhammad Akmaluddin Said, two-year-old Arafel Danas Addy, who experienced breathing difficulties, and his mother Sawana John, 33, were evacuated using the Agusta Westland 139 helicopter at 12.09pm on Saturday.

He said the toddler had a high fever, cough, cold and diarrhoea.

“After completing a previous assignment in Pos Lemoi, Pahang, the helicopter arrived at the Gua Musang Fire and Rescue Station (BBP) at 11.37am to fetch Health Ministry personnel to join the mission.

“Upon arrival at Pos Bihai, the team found the patient breathing rapidly and having very little appetite for over two days,” he said in a statement yesterday, Bernama reported.

Muhammad Akmaluddin said that after the helicopter touched down at 12.18pm at the Gua Musang BBP, the patient was transferred to an ambulance and brought to the hospital.

He said four crew members, including himself, were involved in the operation led by Senior Assistant Fire Superintendent Mohd Farhan Marzuki, adding that they reached the Penang air base at 4pm.

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