ONSET OF SYMPTOMS
1. Upon exiting the water, the diver took a warm shower and within 10 minutes he immediately noted progressive numbness and weakness of both lower extremities, which commenced on the lower left leg and progressed up towards the left abdomen and chest, with gradual pain and increasing difficulty walking when unassisted.
2. There was gradual progression of abdominal fullness with bloating of the stomach and pain when urinating. 3. Oxygen was immediately provided on the boat by non-rebreather mask and continued throughout the journey to Coron. The diver was also given oral analgesics to help with the pain, although they provided little relief. 4. When the call was made to the DAN Diving Emergency Hotline, the liveaboard was on its way to Coron. However, due to the severity of the diver’s condition, DAN wanted the diver to receive a higher level of care, so procedures were put in place to transport the diver via air ambulance to a chamber at Quezon City in Manila.
The diver was evacuated by air ambulance to Quezon City, Manila for chamber treatment