KOTA KINABALU: A critically-ill premature baby received timely medical aid thanks to maritime officials who sent the newborn for treatment in Kudat on Saturday morning.
The baby boy who was born at 30 weeks is believed to be suffering from a bacterial infection in his belly button and umbilical cord.
According to a doctor who requested anonymity, such infections could be fatal if not treated immediately.
The baby, who is from Kerakit off Banggi Island, had to be sent to the Kudat district hospital for further treatment and that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) was called to help with transportation.
“This is because the island’s existing boats are still under repair,” said Sabah and Labuan MMEA regional director First Admiral Zubil Mat Som.
He said an MMEA vessel was deployed to fetch the baby and his parents, Norshilla Abdul, 42, and Ramli Mujainal, 45, at about 11.20am after receiving a call from the clinic at about 10.15am.
“The baby and his parents arrived safely at the Kudat jetty at about 12.05pm and was later sent to the hospital by ambulance,” he added.
It is learnt that the baby is now in stable condition.