Sarawak Deputy Minister Wins Praise For Responding To Medical Emergency On MAB Flight

Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee recounted that he immediately attended to the woman, who was having an asthma attack.

Cover image via Dr Annuar Rapaee (Facebook)

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Sarawak Education, Innovation, and Talent Development Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Annuar Rapaee came to the rescue of a woman who was having breathing difficulties on a Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) flight on Wednesday, 6 September

The politician, who is a cardiologist by training, shared on Facebook that he was on the MH2521 flight from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur when an announcement looking for a medical doctor onboard was made.

"Can any medical personnel or a doctor onboard, please identify yourself? We need urgent medical attention," he quoted the stewardess as saying.

Annuar said he came forward and asked if there was anything he could do to help.

The stewardess asked if he could present an identity card to confirm he was a medical doctor, not a PhD doctor. However, he said medical doctors do not have such a card to prove so.

"I have my credit card with the name Dr Annuar Rapaee," he suggested to her.

The stewardess then told him that there was a patient onboard the aircraft having difficulty in breathing

Annuar recounted that he immediately attended to the woman, who was having an asthma attack.

"She needed an inhaler or a nebuliser. Luckily, there was another passenger onboard with an inhaler.

"[But] after a few puffs, the patient was still gasping for air. Thank God that the plane's emergency kits are complete with a nebuliser," he wrote.

With the emergency treatment, Annuar said that the woman was able to breathe normally and arrive safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

After the whole incident, the doctor jokingly lamented that he had to fill in four copies of a medical report of the incident.

The comments section of his Facebook post was flooded with praise from netizens

"You're the best of us, YB Dr Annuar. On ground, you're always contributing to the people, and in the sky, you're still serving and helping. May God give you good health and ease all of your endeavours," wished a Facebook user.

Image via Facebook

Another said, "So amazing, this is like a Korean drama but in real action. You're the best, YB Dr. We want to thank you on your quick action, as well as the Malaysia Airlines crew, for helping the woman. Alhamdulillah." 

Image via Facebook

Meanwhile, another user, who said she was on the same flight, wrote that she witnessed the whole incident and only had praise for him too.

Image via Facebook

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