25 Oct 2013

American Samoa's Congressman will be flown to Hawaii for medical care

8:08 am on 25 October 2013

American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin will be medivac today to Honolulu for further medical treatment.

Faleomavaega arrived in Pago Pago on Monday but was admitted early the next day to LBJ Medical Centre and transferred to the intensive care unit.

Our correspondent says the cause of the hospitalization is unclear but there are reports that he suffered from food poisoning.

Faleomavaega's office announced today, that a medivac flight departed Honolulu this morning bound for American Samoa, to uplift the congressman, who remains at the LBJ hospital.

A physician with the U.S. House of Representative's Office of Attending Physician coordinated a conference call with an LBJ physician and agreed that Faleomavaega is stable for travel and is not in a life-threatening situation.

Due to a lack of specialized capabilities at LBJ, both physicians also agreed that Faleomavaega should be provided medivac services to transport him to Tripler Army Medical Centre in Honolulu for further evaluation.

The Hawaiian National Guard is coordinating the medivac flight.