Prompt action by Indian Air Force saves kid's life in odd conditions


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It was a night of agony for Taufik, a nine year old who was suffering from acute pain as a result of serious appendicitis, on Thursday night. He lives in Gurez, village in the valley in high Himalayas, which is short of emergency medical facilities. Moving Taufik to Srinagar for treatment, which was obstructed by poor weather. 


However, a message for evacuation was received at Air force Station Srinagar at night and the crew of the helicopter was put on standby. But bad weather at Gurez prevented the helicopter from getting airborne. 

The helicopter was then put on another assignment. But Taiufik is a fighter and fate was on his side. On the way back from this assignment the crew of the helicopter received a message that the weather at Gurez has improved to marginal. The copter was diverted to the landing site, in-flight, and after a successful landing Taufik and his father was picked up and despite the continuous snowing and low clouds they were evacuated to Srinagar. 

Prompt action by IAF and its highly motivated crew led by Squadron Leader Vinit Singh Sikarwar and co-pilot Lakhsay Mittal of “Hovering Hawks” saved a young life. Taufik is now recuperating at a medical facility in Srinagar.

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