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Orang Asli patients airlifted in emergency

GUA MUSANG (ANN/THE STAR) – The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Air Unit successfully carried out a medical evacuation, transporting two Orang Asli patients from Pos Balar and Pos Bihai to Gua Musang Hospital for urgent treatment.

Assistant Fire Chief Mohd Rizzan Jefri, the public relations officer for the Central Region Base, reported that both patients were flown aboard the same Agusta Westland 139 aircraft. The aircraft departed from Penang at 12.30pm on Tuesday.

The flight reached Pos Balar at 1.58pm to pick up seven-month-old Zulfahmi Ikhwan Sani, who was suffering from shortness of breath and coughing. The infant was accompanied by his mother, father, and sister.

The aircraft then proceeded to Kampung Tendrik, Pos Bihai, arriving at 2.20pm to pick up Andak Itam, a 64-year-old woman who had been experiencing severe fatigue, weakness and had not eaten for three days. She was accompanied by a caregiver.

Mohd Rizzan stated that the aircraft landed at the Gua Musang Fire and Rescue Station at 2.40pm. Both patients were immediately transferred to the hospital for medical treatment.

“The crew departed back to Subang, Selangor, at 2.45pm, completing the entire round trip in two hours and 54 minutes,” he added in a statement yesterday.

Help is here: The Air Unit of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department carrying out the Medevac operation for Zulfahmi and his mum (right) using a helicopter. PHOTO: BERNAMA
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