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05 February 2012

International air ambulance rescues Swiss national from India

A Swiss tourist has been evacuated by air ambulance from Mysore in India, following a terrifying illness that left her vomiting blood.

The 65 year old tourist from Switzerland had travelled on her own to experience the sights and sounds of Coorg in the south west of India over the Christmas and New Year period. Whilst staying at a resort in the area, she developed a violent illness, which left her fighting for her life.

The local authorities immediately took her to a leading facility at Apollo BGS Hospital in Mysore, admitting her with critically low blood pressure. Following evaluation, a team of local doctors led by consultant gastroenterologist Dr Abid Sattar then performed life saving endoscopic surgery to treat secondary portal hypertension and a primary liver problem.

Following the procedure, the tourist was moved to ICU and closely monitored where she recovered to a stable condition. A traumatic experience, the patient then said she was eager to return home where she could be with her family and continue her convalescence in full.

Answering the plea, her insurance company was able to arrange an emergency medical repatriation, where a fully equipped and staffed Swiss air ambulance service landed at Mysore airport.

Following the transfer by the paramedics, she was admitted to a Swiss hospital and discharged two days later.

Now doing well, the patient is one of hundreds of people attended to each year, by an emergency private air ambulance throughout the world, allowing people to get back home in the event of medical emergencies.