PAF, OPAV to draft protocol for patient transport outside Cebu

REMEMBER the newborn baby Zyrus Gabriel Soringa who was diagnosed with pulmonary stenosis and has to be airlifted to Manila two days after he was born a week ago?

He lost the battle with his illness but he left a legacy that will soon benefit those who have to be immediately transported to other parts of the country during emergency situations.

Pierre Jabagat of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) said they're now coming up with a protocol on how to handle a situation similar to Soringa.

Jabagat was referring to the transport of patients who need to seek immediate medical attention outside Cebu using military assets.

On the case Soringa, he had to be flown to the Philippine General Hospital in Manila a day after he was born last June 28 to undergo surgery because the medical procedure that will be done on him is only available there.

Commercial planes could not accommodate him and his family because they require that a baby should be at least 10 days old to be allowed on the plane.

The Soringa couple decided to post the matter on Facebook and shortly after that, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) based in Mactan Cebu airlifted him last June 30.

PAF's F-27 (Fokker) aircraft led by the pilot, Major Michael Marlvin Manas, and his team was dispatched to transport the baby.

However, after undergoing surgery, Soringa succumbed to his heart ailment last Monday.

Jabagat said OPAV along with PAF and some doctors in the city have agreed that a regulation, which will be named as "Zyrus Protocol" will be used when transporting sick patients.

"It will be a matter of coordination and we will facilitate. Draft of the protocol will be presented and reviewed for approval next week," he told SunStar Cebu.

In a separate interview, Hercules, Soringa’s father said that although they're in grief, they're still happy that their days-old fighter left a legacy.

"I hope he will be an inspiration to others. Our little fighter made us so proud," he told SunStar Cebu. (RVC)
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