KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – An anaesthesiologist has had to intubate a baby in the dark to save the child’s life after the generator ran out of fuel at Kuala Krai Hospital, today.
This was the harrowing account as described through a WhatsApp message by Dr Adibah Abdullah, a medical officer at the hospital.
The hospital has been running on a generator after electricity supply was cut off around 5pm yesterday, as a result of rapidly rising flood waters in what can only be described as one of the worst floods in Kelantan’s history.
It was unclear exactly when the generator ran out of diesel.
In a string of WhatsApp messages updating the worsening condition at the hospital to a friend, Dr Adibah explained that the patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and critical care unit (CCU) were currently breathing on machines running on battery power.
“If the (electicity) supply is not restored, we will take turns to do manual bagging (manually ventilating a patient with a handheld resuscitation device) but for how long?” she wrote.
She said the diesel supply for the generator was promised to be delivered at 8.30pm by helicopter. However, the problem was that the hospital was in total darkness.
“We do not have flare guns but we need lights to show them where we are.
“Kuala Krai has become a huge river, and our hospital is one of the few islands, which unfor-tunately does not glow in the dark,” she wrote.