A 14-year-old boy died in the Maldives on Saturday, allegedly after President Mohammed Muizzu refused to give approval to use the Dornier aircraft provided by India for his airlift, Maldivian media reported.
The boy, who had a brain tumour and suffered a stroke, had his family request an air ambulance to transport him from his home in Gaaf Alif Villingili to the capital city, Male, as his condition became critical.
According to Maldivian media, the family alleges that the authorities failed to arrange medical evacuation promptly.
“We called Island Aviation to get him to Male’ immediately after the stroke but they did not answer our calls. They answered the phone at 8:30 am on Thursday. The solution is to have an air ambulance for such cases,” Maldivian media Adhadhu quoted the boy’s father as saying.