A member of the medical team from Camp Artemio Ricarte Station Hospital attends to Baby "Ranz" before he was air-evacuated from Kalayaan town on May 21, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the WESCOM PAO)

The Western Command (WESCOM) on Tuesday flew a one-year old child resident out of Pag-Asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea on a medical emergency.

The WESCOM Public affairs office said in a statement released Wednesday the infant named “Baby Ranz” was accompanied by his mother on a Philippine Navy plane and brought to a medical facility in Puerto Princesa City.

The boy was reported to be suffering from fever and diarrhea since May 14, prompting Kalayaan Mayor Roberto del Mundo to seek the military command’s help in evacuating the patient.

“In response, the Western Command provided Philippine Navy Islander (NV312) with a medical team from Camp Artemio Ricarte Station Hospital on board and evacuated the patient together with his mother,” the WESCOM statement said.

Upon arrival at the Antonio Bautista Air Base, the patient and his mother were turned over to the Kalayaan Municipal Ambulance and were brought to the Medical City for further treatment.

“Western Command is always ready to respond and provide necessary assistance to anyone in times of crises and emergencies” WESCOM commander Vice Admiral Rene Medina said in the statement.

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