The Federal Aviation Administration has made it quite clear that their agents are going to be keeping a sharp eye focused on the sky for “unknown” aircraft during this year’s controversial Turkey Drop event. And yes, to our readers who are unfamiliar with the 65-year-old Ozarks tradition, the Turkey Drop is exactly what it sounds like.
Beginning today, the Turkey Drop is just one part of a annual turkey-themed festival that takes place in Yellville, a small Ozarks mountain town in Northern Arkansas. Turkeys, who typically only fly for short distances, are pushed out of low-flying aircraft and fall approximately 1,000 feet to the ground as part of the event. The fixed-wing aircraft are said to be travelling at speeds around 70MPH when the live turkeys are dropped out to fend for themselves.
The victim of a car crash who was picked up by Surrey Air Ambulance back in 2008 is raising funds to repay the air ambulance that he credits with saving his life.
On his way to work several years ago, Darren Cooper was in a severe car accident that caused his car to veer across the road, ultimately hitting a tree and causing him to sustain serious head injuries. Not only did he end up with a fractured skull at the base of the back of his head because of the accident, but he later underwent two separate operations to rebuild his damaged eye socket.
Fortunately for him, he was quickly airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London by the Surrey Air Ambulance, a medical rescue service that receives no support from the government and runs exclusively on charity donations.
The latest big air ambulance news comes from a story reported by WCNC-TV from Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently, a North Carolina man named Charlie Pridmore suffered a stroke while fishing from a boat. EMS professionals arrived at the scene and drove him from the yacht club he was fishing near to the closest accredited stroke center, Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
According to Pridmore, the healthcare professionals at Piedmont Medical Center treated him with medication to help dissolve the blood clots that had led to his stroke. After speaking to a specialist from MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) by video, however, he was convinced that he needed to be flown to Charleston by air ambulance, in case complications arose.
Pridmore says the specialist in Charleston told him about how there was a potential that he could develop a “brain bleed” and die if a specially trained neurosurgeon was not around to install a stint. The doctor then, according to Pridmore, told him over the webcam that she was the only doctor [he said he doesn't remember whether she said 'in this state' or 'in this portion of the country'] who was certified to do so, and urged him to get there quickly.
Unbelievable – or is it? From Britain, comes yet another deplorable instance of a misguided person interfering with an air ambulance transport by way of a handheld laser pen.
According to the BBC’s report, the air ambulance helicopter was responding to an emergency at a man’s house in Caine. The man, in his 70′s, had suffered a cardiac arrest.
The air ambulance crew successfully picked up the patient, and the aircraft was on its way to the hospital when they encountered the dazzling effects of a laser pen entering the cockpit. The bright beam interfered with the pilot’s vision, forcing him to abort the landing.
Because of this, the patient had to be transferred to a ground ambulance and then taken to the hospital by road. Later, at the hospital, the man was pronounced dead.
This week’s blog is based on a gripping story of a dying child, and the air ambulance his mother says saved his life, that first appeared in New Zealand’s Southland Times late last month.
The day of his transport, the boy’s kidneys were reportedly working at only 5 percent. Starship Air Ambulance sped to Invercargill, New Zealand, one of the southernmost cities on the planet, to pick him up and take him to the capital city of Auckland for further care.
Coincidentally, the air ambulance had already made a round trip between Invercargill and Auckland that same day. Nevertheless, the pilots and a small crew of air medical specialists made the long trip again to pick the dying boy up.
For our readers who don’t live in New Zealand – and I know there are a few of you out there – the coastal cities of Auckland and Invercargill sit on polar opposite sides of the country. But let’s put that in a little more perspective: