SOS Aids Garuda Crash Victims

SINGAPORE ~ International SOS evacuated three victims of the Garuda plane crash in Yogyakarta last week, the global medical assistance company said.

“The first patient, a 34-year-old Australian woman, was evacuated to Perth in a Learjet 45 air ambulance … An International SOS Intensive-Care-Unit (ICU) team comprising two doctors and a nurse accompanied her,” it said in a statement.

“The second patient was a 51-year old Australian male. He arrived in Singapore … on a Learjet 35 air ambulance accompanied by an ICU doctor and nurse.

“The third patient was a 46-year old Indonesian female. Together with her two relatives who flown into Yogyakarta, they arrived in Jakarta before midnight on a Fokker 50 air ambulance, accompanied by a doctor and two paramedics.”

Twenty-one people died when the Garuda Boeing 737 was landing after a flight from Jakarta on Wednesday last week and burst into flames. An investigation into the cause of the tragedy is underway.

International SOS activated its medical, security and logistics resources in Jakarta and Singapore immediately after the crash occurred, the company said, adding that the resources included senior medical staff, aviation, travel personnel and logistics specialists.

“The first response team, comprising three doctors, two paramedics and two logistics specialists, arrived in Yogyakarta on March 7.

“The team immediately visited the hospitals where the injured were sent to and assessed those who required medical support and provided assistance to those who requested to be evacuated.”

The company, which has operations in more than 65 countries, said it provided 24-hour support to clients through its Jakarta and Singapore alarm centers to ensure members and anxious families received immediate advice and assistance.

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