Maldives Tragedy: Teen’s Death Exposes Air Ambulance Gap; President Muizzu’s Permission Denied

The untimely death of a 14-year-old Maldivian boy, succumbing to an untreated brain tumor, brings forth a distressing scenario shaped by the ongoing dispute between Maldives and India. Reports indicate that despite immediate efforts to airlift the teenager to a hospital for life-saving treatment, the intervention was impeded by the refusal of President Mohamed Muizzu to authorize the use of an Indian Dornier aircraft. This unfortunate incident underscores the critical intersection of diplomatic tensions and urgent humanitarian needs.

Tragic Delay in Air Ambulance Response Leads to Heartbreaking Outcome for Maldivian Teenager

In a deeply distressing turn of events, a teenager on Willingley’s island in Gaff Alif Atoll, Maldives, battling both a brain tumor and stroke, faced a critical situation that required urgent medical attention. The family initiated requests for an air ambulance to transport the ailing child to Malé, the capital of the Maldives, starting from Wednesday night (January 17). 

Unfortunately, their pleas went unanswered, and it wasn’t until Thursday morning (January 18) that the country’s aviation department finally responded, a staggering 16 hours after the initial requests were made. In a race against time, Asandh Company Limited of the Maldives eventually facilitated the airlift, admitting the teenager to the ICU. Despite these efforts, the heartbreaking reality is that the delay in response proved fatal, and the young boy could not be saved.

Father Stresses the Critical Need for Air Ambulance in Emergency Cases

In the aftermath of the tragic incident involving the Maldivian teenager battling a brain tumor and stroke, the father of the child has come forward to share the harrowing experience of seeking immediate medical assistance. Expressing the family’s desperate situation, the father revealed that they had reached out to Island Aviation, urgently requesting an air ambulance to transport their ailing child to Malé. 

However, to their dismay, the pleas for immediate help went unanswered. The father reported that it was not until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday that they finally received a response. He underscored the pivotal role of air ambulances in critical medical emergencies, emphasizing the importance of a swift and responsive system to ensure timely interventions that can be decisive in saving lives.

Asandha Company Cites Technical Glitch for Delay in Medical Transfer of Maldivian Teenager

In response to the unfortunate incident involving the Maldivian teenager with a brain tumor and stroke, the Asandha company, responsible for the medical transfer, has issued a statement attributing the delay to a technical glitch. The company clarified that upon receiving the urgent request for the child’s medical transfer, they promptly initiated arrangements to facilitate the airlift. However, they lamented that the process encountered an unexpected setback in the form of a last-minute technical glitch, which regrettably resulted in the delay of the critical medical transfer.

Asandha Company Cites Technical Glitch for Delay in Medical Transfer of Maldivian Teenager

Social Media Spat Sparks Dispute Between India and Maldives

The recent dispute between India and Maldives originated from a social media exchange, escalating tensions between citizens of the two nations. The catalyst for this disagreement was a video shared by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Lakshadweep on January 4. The video showcased the scenic beauty of Lakshadweep, with comparisons being drawn between the Indian archipelago and the Maldives. Social media users expressed opinions, with some asserting that opting for Lakshadweep offered a comparable experience without the need to spend significant sums on a trip to the Maldives.

PM shared a photo of his visit to Lakshadweep. Along with this picture it was written - Lakshadweep should definitely be on those list.

In response to these sentiments, Maldivian Minister Mariyam Shiuna, Deputy Minister Abdullah Mahjoom Majeed, and Malsha Shareef expressed their discontent on social media, resorting to offensive language directed at Prime Minister Modi. Zahid Ramiz, a prominent Maldivian leader, further remarked that India could not compete with Maldives in terms of service. Maryam Sheona held the position of Deputy Minister of Youth Empowerment, Information, and Arts at the time of these developments.

The exchange of objectionable posts between Maldivian leaders and Indian citizens triggered a social media war. The heightened displeasure among the Indian populace led to the trending of hashtags such as BoycottMaldives and ExploreIndianIsland in the country, reflecting the intensity of public sentiment.

Celebrity Backing Spurs Diplomatic Action: Maldives Government Reacts to Social Media Spat

Prominent Indian celebrities, including Sachin Tendulkar, Akshay Kumar, and Salman Khan, rallied behind the movement advocating Indian tourism following a social media dispute between citizens of India and Maldives. The celebrities’ endorsement of Indian tourist destinations gained significant traction, further intensifying the ongoing online discourse.

From left- Minister Maryam Shiuna, Deputy Minister Abdullah Mahjoom Majeed and Malsha Sharif. The Maldives government has suspended it.

In response to the controversy, the Maldives government took decisive action, suspending Minister Mariyam Shiuna, Deputy Minister Malsha Shareef, and Abdullah Mahjoom Majeed from their respective positions. The government, in a statement, clarified that the offensive comments made by these leaders were personal expressions and did not reflect the official stance of the Maldives government.

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