Coast Guard Medevacs Pregnant Woman in Dominican Republic

MIAMI – U.S. Coast Guard aircrews medically evacuated a pregnant woman and a nine-year-old boy from San Jose de Ocoa to San Isidro Air Base, Dominican Republic Monday, and they transported seven doctors and needed supplies from the town of Azua to Las Cenitas, Dominican Republic.

Coast Guard aircrews flew a combined total of 7.5 hours Monday during three sorties and have, since Thursday, saved 57 lives and distributed 30,118 rations of food and 75,250 rations of water. Tropical Storm Noel is responsible for taking the lives of more than 83 Dominicans since the Storm made land fall Oct. 31.

The crew of an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter transporting food supplies to San Jose de Ocoa, responded to two medical emergencies developing at the scene. During the first emergency they conducted a medevac of a severely dehydrated pregnant woman. The woman and a doctor were transported to an ambulance and emergency medical personnel waiting at San Isidro Air Base. After transferring the patient, the crew launched immediately and returned to San Jose de Ocoa to conduct a second medevac of a nine-year-old boy suffering from appendicitis. The child, mother and a doctor were transported to San Isidro Air Base and also transferred to an ambulance and emergency medical personnel waiting at San Isidro Air Base.

The crew of a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter transported seven doctors, 280 rations of food, 280 rations of water and 20 boxes of medicines and supplies to the isolated town of Las Cenitas, Dominican Republic. Tropical Storm Noel has prevented road access and emergency assistance from reaching the community of Las Cenitas, located in the mountains over 4,100 feet above sea level.

The Coast Guard has been providing assistance in the Dominican Republic since Thursday after humanitarian relief and search and rescue assistance was requested by the country’s president from the United States through the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

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