The necessity of medical assessment to contain potential fatality risk during repatriation


( A Filipino seafarer was hospitalized in Tianjin, China due to an acute intestinal obstruction. GVA was requested to assess the case and arrange repatriation of the seafarer with a medical escort on a commercial carrier to Manila, Philippines.

While studying the medical documents, GVA doctors made a conclusion that due to the severity of the seafarer’s condition, the transportation by Commercial carriers even on stretchers was extremely risky and could lead to fatality in flight.

The seafarer had a terminal stage of colon cancer with extensive metastasis that blocked the colon completely. He had multiple complications as pulmonary and cardiac insufficiency (pericardial and pleural effusion) that was stable upon hospital care but would definitely make the condition much worse (till death) upon a long-term trip on a regular flight.

As a coexistent disease deep vein thrombosis was revealed and all this made evacuation by Air Ambulance with full medical team and equipment the only option to deliver this severe patient back home to his family.

GVA dispatched the Air Ambulance aircraft without any advance pre-payment to make this transportation feasible in a prompt manner. Landing permissions both in China and in the Philippines were successfully obtained in the shortest time, following the protocols of COVID-19 cross border transfers’ restrictions. The seafarer was safely repatriated to Manila and admitted to the local hospital for further treatment.

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