OSLO — A Norwegian F-16 fighter jet has saved a patient’s life by transporting life- life-saving medical equipment from one hospital to another, media reports said Friday.
The patient was battling for his life, and without a special lung and heart procedure called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation he would die.
The equipment was not available at the hospital in the town of Bodo in central Norway, where he was being treated.
But, a hospital in Trondheim, about 450 kilometres to the south, did have the machine and staff there contacted the air force on April 4 for help in transporting it.
The request came in just as two F-16 fighter jets were getting ready to take off from an airbase near Trondheim, reports said.
“They didn’t ask any questions, except for what size the machine was,” said Anders Wetting Carlsen, chief doctor at Trondheim’s Saint Olaf hospital.
In a stroke of good luck one of the fighter jets was equipped with an external hold that allowed it to transport equipment. The machine was loaded onto the aircraft, which made for Bodo at top speed.
“Usually we cover that distance in 35 minutes,” air squadron head Borge Kleppe told Norwegian daily Verdens Gang.
“But given the special nature of the cargo, the pilot stepped on it and arrived at the destination less than 25 minutes later.”
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.