Mercy flight for children with heart ailments

The children in their mother's arms arriving safely at Subang Air Base en route to the National Heart Institute.

KUCHING: A toddler and a baby in need of immediate medical treatment due to heart problems were flown by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to Subang Air Force Base yesterday.

The children, who were referred to the National Heart Institute (IJN) by Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), were accompanied by their mothers aboard RMAF’s C130H aircraft.

They departed Kuching at 1.36pm and arrived safely in Subang at 3.39pm.

The baby girl, Dollyn Ting Xiang Ling, who is two months old, suffers from large ventricular septal defect and severe coarctation of the aorta.

The toddler, Faaed Faizal, who is two years old, suffers from severe mitral regurgitation on non-invasive ventilation.

Both had received treatment at SGH before they were referred to IJN.

The children in need of immediate medical treatment, getting checked before departing Kuching for Subang Air Base.

The aircraft was piloted by Maj Mohd Aliff Samsuddin, assisted by co-pilot Capt Muhammad Nursaidi Mohd Dzali.

With them were three loadmasters Air Warrant Class II Jonas Gama, Air Sergeants Muhammad Zairizuan Zainuddin and Mohd Hanif Hashin; Flight Sgt Kiranjit Kaur Jagir Singh; aviation engineer Maj Mohd Helmee Mostapa; navigator Capt Sazmil Nor Azman; and medical officer Dr Nurul Asyikin Rosli.

RMAF said special flights such as this one would enable patients to seek treatment immediately. The service is subject to certain conditions, especially advice from medical officers.

It is one of the ways for RMAF to carry out its social responsibilities and proves that its assets are always ready for non-military use.