New-born airlifted for treatment from remote Himachal area

July 12th, 2008 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, July 12 (IANS) Despite encountering bad weather, a helicopter Saturday evacuated a newborn child in need of immediate surgery from Kaza town in Himachal Pradesh’s remote Lahaul and Spiti district to a hospital in Shimla. The newborn child, suffering from a life threatening disease - oesophagal attrecia - was flown to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) at Shimla for treatment.

The evacuation was first attempted by two army aviation helicopters Saturday but they encountered bad weather near Rekong Peo in Kinnaur district, 230 km from Shimla. The helicopters had to return to base here.

The army authorities then got in touch with the state government, which sent its MI-17 helicopter to Kaza, 400 km from Shimla, to rescue the infant.

Despite bad weather, the helicopter pilots were able to airlift the infant and his parents. But the chopper was forced to land at Shimla due to bad weather.

Though the child was to be flown to Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here for specialized treatment, he was immediately shifted to IGMCH on landing in Shimla.

Army doctors accompanied the infant from Kaza in the chopper to Shimla.

An army spokesman said here that close liaison among the army authorities, the Himachal Pradesh government and the central authorities resulted in the child being rescued in time. He said that all necessary permissions were taken to carry out the rescue operation.

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