Jigme Tobden, a 6 year old boy from Chumey, Bumthang was evacuated by helicopter yesterday after the boy went into shock in Bumthang hospital. According to Doctor Ugyen Dophu, Director General of Medical Services department, a request for the helicopter was made by email at 10.50 a.m and the helicopter after airlifting the patient along with a doctor and a nurse landed at Lungtenphu helipad at 12.30. The boy was sent into emergency at 12.45 pm.
After being handed over to the pediatrician, he was diagnosed with septicemia, a type of blood infection. Dr. Ugyen Dophu said that the boy is in serious condition but is thankfully in good hands.
This is not the first case of airlifting patients, 2 patients were medically evacuated from Laya, Gasa on November 17. Kinley Wangmo, 30 from Laya Gewog was medically evacuated using Helicopter Services from Laya BHU. She was suffering from complications after an overdue
pregnancy. The expected due date of delivery reported from the BHU was 18 October 2015. However, she still could not deliver the baby even after 30 days of delivery date.
The other patient was 75 years old Mr Tashi Namgay from Lungo, Laya Gewog who was medically evacuated from Laya on the same day. According to a report by the Ministry of Health, the patient was diagnosed with heart failure since 2013. Tashi Namgay failed to report to the BHU for his weekly checkup. It was during one of the house to house outreach visits that the Health Assistant came into contact with Mr. Tashi Namgay.
The Patient was suffering from heart failure along with Hypertension with high blood pressure. As a result, the patient was airlifted to Jigme Dorji National Referral Hospital where he is currently undergoing medical treatment.
The boy was rushed to emergency room at JDWNRH right after the landing.