Elder Stephen had been diagnosed with malaria and was recuperating after receiving treatment but had a relapse that was severe and presented with complications. He was quickly transferred to a nearby clinic for immediate care and in the process of him undergoing laboratory investigations (CT scan), he suffered an anaphylactic reaction to contrast with severe shaking, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, and became cyanotic. He was eventually stabilized and remained on admission for 24hours.
Seeing that his condition only improved slightly, the mission team quickly alerted the headquarters, who in turn, reached out to us to assist with evacuating Elder Manley to the closest destination of medical excellence.
Consequently, our team immediately commenced all required arrangements to transfer Elder Stephen to South Africa for continued treatment. Owing to the symptoms he presented which were suspicious of a communicable disease, our team along-side filling for the necessary permits, had to coordinate and manage multiple communications with the South African Authorities, disease specialists and the receiving facility to secure entry approvals for the patient.
As soon as the approvals were issued, within 24hours, we airlifted the patient with a specialist medical team experienced in high acuity and critical care transfers of both suspected and confirmed infectious disease patients.
The transfer was uneventful, and we were glad to have enabled a happy ending for all stakeholders as Elder Stephen was able to access the advanced medical care needed timely and has continued to recuperate.