Seriously Ill Infant Evacuated From Sarajevo With PM-Yugoslavia, Bjt
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ An infant girl suffering from a congenital heart defect was flown out of Sarajevo on today, the first passenger in what U.N. officials hope will become an airlift of the seriously ill.
A U.N. official, Mik Magnusson, said six-week-old Zinaida Agic was born with a hole in a wall of her heart and needed special care not available in Sarajevo, which has been under siege for four months.
An Italian air force C-130 transport with an ambulance and a surgeon on board flew into Sarajevo from Pisa, Italy, at 1:30 p.m. and left with the girl for Ljubljana, Slovenia, shortly after 2 p.m.
Magnusson said the hospital in Ljubljana has diagnostic equipment necessary to determine whether the girl needs surgery.
The child’s mother, Senada Agic, accompanied her to Ljubljana.
Zinaida was brought to the Sarajevo airport in a white U.N. armored personnel carrier converted into an ambulance. She was accompanied by Maj. Vanessa Lloyd Davis, a British army doctor who helped arrange the evacuation after a Sarajevo hospital appealed to the United Nations for help.
U.N. officials are trying to arrange for the evacuation of seriously ill people, some children and stranded foreigners aboard relief planes that bring in supplies but leave empty.
Magnusson said officials estimate that there are about 170 seriously ill people, including about 50 children, who cannot be treated effectively in Sarajevo.