Sarawak deputy minister rescues woman with breathing difficulties on flight

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUCHING, Sept 6 — Sarawak Deputy Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee, who is a medical doctor by training, came to the rescue of a woman who was having breathing difficulty while on a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur today.

He said the woman was having asthmatic attack and required either an inhaler or nebuliser to breathe normally.

He said the woman regained her composure with the help of a nebuliser.

“After that I have to make four copies of the medical report,” Dr Annuar wrote on his Facebook page.

Relating the incident, he said while on a flight, a stewardess suddenly made an announcement asking if there was any medical doctor on board.

“We need urgent medical attention,” he quoted the stewardess as saying.

He said he came forward, identified himself as a medical doctor and asked what he could do to help.

Dr Annuar said the steward asked him to prove himself that he was really a medical doctor, not a PhD doctor.

He said he told the stewardess that doctors do not have an identity card to show they are medical doctors.

“I have my credit card with the name Dr Annuar Rapaee,” he told the stewardess.

He said the stewardess then told him that there was a patient on board the aircraft having difficulty in breathing.

He said he immediately attended to the patient, a woman having asthma.

“She needed an inhaler or nebuliser. Luckily there was a passenger with an inhaler. After many puffs, the patient was still gasping for breath and thank God the plane’s emergency kits are complete with nebuliser.

Dr Annuar said the woman later breathed normally.