11 February 2021

Turkish citizen, whom Netherlands ended his coronavirus treatment to be brought to Turkey

Turkish citizen whom Netherlands ended his coronavirus treatment was brought to Turkey by an air ambulance.

Netherlands ended the treatment of Selahattin Kandaz, a Turkish citizen, suffering from new type of coronavirus. To continue treatment of the patient the Ministry of Health's air ambulance was sent to Netherlands to brought him to Turkey.

The treatment of Selahattin Kandaz in the intensive care unit of OLVG Oost Hospital in Amsterdam was wanted to be terminated.

"We stand by our citizens wherever they are in the world."

An air ambulance was sent to Amsterdam Schipol Airport this evening to bring Kandaz to Turkey. Making a statement on the subject on his personal Twitter account, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yavuz Selim Kıran said, "We stand by our citizens wherever they are in the world."

Kandaz's treatment will continue in Ankara City Hospital.

It was a challenge for the hospital to transfer the patient to Turkey, Kandaz's family objected to the termination of the treatment and requested an air ambulance from the Ministry of Health through the Consulate General of Amsterdam. The family, who faced difficulties in preparing the necessary documents and ambulance for the transfer of the patient to the airport, made great efforts for the the treatment not to be terminated until the referral.

In addition to the support of Osman Elmacı, the president of the 'Zorgen na Coma' Foundation, which deals with patient rights in the Netherlands, and Süleyman Koyuncu, a member of the Denk Party, the ambulance problem was overcome and Selahattin Kandaz was sent to Ankara yesterday.