CAVITE: A 79-year-old woman, who suffered a heatstroke during her week-long vacation in Mariveles, Bataan, was saved from death after the Rosario town government gave immediate medical attention through a sea ambulance.
Heatstroke, according to medical doctors, is a condition where a person’s body overheats due to physical exertion or to prolonged exposure to high temperatures. It requires emergency treatment and may result to damaged brain, heart, kidneys and muscles if not treated immediately. It may also lead to death if the condition remains untreated for a long time.
Rosario Mayor Jose Ricafrente Jr. said he immediately dispatched the town’s sea ambulance to fetch victim Consolacion Luna Valencia, a 79-year-old grandmother and a resident of Barangay Ligtong in Rosario, and provided her with the needed treatment.
Valencia’s relatives sought the help of the local government fearing the worst if the septuagenarian is not given immediate medical assistance.
Ricafrente decided to send the sea ambulance instead of the usual land-based ambulances to cut on travel time. A land-based rescue, he added, would take at least four hours while the sea-based rescue only takes two hours. The distance between Rosario and Mariveles towns is more than 190 kilometers.
The mayor also commended the two nurses on board and by Captain Nestor Llanosa, the town’s Bantay Dagat chief, who manned the sea ambulance.