China Airlines weighs logistics of bringing stroke victim home
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- China Airlines said yesterday that it will do its best to help transport a Taiwanese sailor currently being treated for a stroke in Palau back to the country after he becomes fit for travel.
January 1, 2013, 12:59 am TWN
Lin Nan-yu suffered a stroke Thursday, Dec. 29 while working on a Japanese vessel off the coast of Palau. He was rushed to an onshore hospital by a Palau patrol boat. According to local reports, Lin is still suffering from a blood clot in his brain, but due to the hospital's limited facilities, he has only received medication to reduce pressure.
Lin's family members requested that he be returned to Taiwan for treatment, while the Foreign Ministry asked China Airlines, which has direct flights to Palau, to help transport the sailor back to the country.
China Airlines said yesterday afternoon that only B738 aircraft, which are short to medium-range narrow-body jet airliners, can land in and take off from Palau's airport. However, in order to remove passenger seats from the B738 to accommodate medical equipment such as a stretcher, it needs to receive the approval of the Civil Aeronautics Administration and train the crew of the aircraft.
With Lin's safety set as a priority, China Airlines said that it will do its best to help transport the sailor back to Taiwan.