Air Medical Escort from South Carolina to Idaho: Sandy's Story
We recently helped a family transport their father across the country with an air medical escort. Joe had been visiting his daughter in Charleston, South Carolina when he was hospitalized with a blood clot and diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Joe was moved through three different hospitals while his condition deteriorated. Both he and his wife desperately wanted to return home to Idaho. His wife wanted the support of family and friends. Joe wanted to sleep in his own bed.
Another of Joe's daughters, Sandy, flew from their hometown in Idaho to South Carolina and began to formulate a plan to get her father back home. "These are not big cities to fly in and out of. I didn't know how my mom and I were going to travel with my dad. Who was going to take him to the bathroom? What if he died on the plane?"
"My dad was terrified to fly without medical help,” Sandy told me. “He kept saying, 'I don't know how I am going to make it.’” Afraid to fly alone with her dad, Sandy considered driving him the almost 3,000 miles from South Carolina back to Idaho. But she realized that would have been neither comfortable nor safe. So Sandy decided to research air medical transport for herself and found us.
"I am not very internet savvy, but I found the MedFlight911 website and left my information. Dee called that night!" After talking with Sandy and explaining that air medical transport comes in different forms and very different price points, we reviewed her father's medical records and determined that Sandy's family could be best served by an air medical escort.
"Once I spoke with Dee, he took over,” Sandy said. “The only thing that ever changed was the flights we were on. He arranged service from the hospital in South Carolina to my parents' home in Idaho. We traveled for over 12 hours that day and I never looked at an itinerary. They took care of everything."
Joe is now receiving treatment in Idaho with the support of family and friends. And, Sandy says, "Traveling with MedFlight911 was a great experience. It’s clear that Dee cares about more than just getting the patient from point A to point B; he showed so much compassion and really treated us like family.” I can’t imagine a better compliment.