Itanagar: In a humanitarian gesture, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra evacuated a lady who was in urgent need of medical attention, from Tawang to Itanagar by requisitioning an army helicopter from Air Force Station, Tezpur in Assam’s Sonitpur district.
The governor who was attending the ‘Maitree Diwas’ at Tawang on Wednesday, directed two of his officers to stay at Tawang in order to accommodate an expecting lady and her husband in the chopper after he heard about the condition of the lady from a conversation between Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi, Raj Bhawan sources here informed.
The condition of the patient was critical and was likely to be deteriorated as there were no chopper services from Guwahati to Tawang for the next three days. The governor then asked the chief minister to arrange to send the patient to Itanagar in the helicopter he would travel.
However, the helicopter, due to lack of fuel could not fly directly from
Tawang to Itanagar and had to land at Tezpur for refuelling. After refuelling, the pilot noticed a technical snag in the chopper and the flight had to be aborted.
Concerned over the condition of the patient and her early evacuation, the governor made a requisition bid to the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station, Tezpur for another helicopter and the patient was evacuated accordingly.
The Governor also arranged for an ambulance with a lady gynaecologist at Raj Bhawan helipad to take the patient without any loss of time to hospital.
At Heema Hospital here, the patient underwent a successful emergency caesarean delivery. The governor conveyed his best wishes to the mother and newly born, the sources added.
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