We all know that air ambulances by nature take a ton of money to upkeep. Routine maintenance and checks for ultra-high-tech, flying ICUs inherently result in expensive, but inevitable, repair bills.
Notwithstanding, this headline caught our attention; mainly due to the number of zeroes involved.
Joe Willis from The Northern Echo reported that a helicopter from Great Northern Air Ambulance Service recently was required to pay for a replacement gearbox after the old one reached the end of its 300-hour life. How much did it cost to replace that single aircraft component? 250,000 in British Sterling.
The roughly $400,000 USD bill is a reminder of exactly how important the public donations to the emergency air ambulance service are.
Incredibly, the single part could have cost the air ambulance service about 900,000 GBP new (that’s a trifle less than $1.5 million for those of us across the pond). Luckily, the company was apparently able to locate a like-new, reconditioned gearbox that “only” cost $400,000.
This is just a quick update to let our readers know that as of minutes ago, Malala, the 14-year old girl shot by the Taliban whose story has made international headlines this past week, has finally been flown to the UK for advanced treatment of her injuries.
The air ambulance flew across several borders from the UAE to Pakistan to pick up Malala from a military hospital. The air ambulance then flew Malala from Pakistan to the United Kingdom.
The 14-year old activist had been receiving care at the military hospital for the past few days, but her condition apparently had not stabilized by Sunday. She is still on a ventilator at the time of this writing.
The air ambulance arrangements were finally made after a medical panel recommended the transport to a facility in the UK with higher capability to provide care to children who have suffered severe injuries.
Continuing the story we reported last Thursday, it looks like the United Arab Emirates will most likely be sending an air ambulance to Pakistan to fly out Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old women and children’s rights activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban while she was riding the school bus.
This news comes after both Pakistani airline PIA, and President of the United States Barack Obama, had offered to provide an air ambulance for Malala.
Visas are still being prepared for the air medical crew and six flight doctors who will accompany Malala on the international air ambulance flight between Dubai and Pakistan.
At the present time, there have been arrangements made to treat her at three different hospitals located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan International Airlines has converted one of its normal airliners into an air ambulance to transport a girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban to Dubai for treatment.
14-year old Malala Yousufzai, the winner of Pakistan’s first National Peace Award, was brutally attacked by the Taliban after being specifically targeted for being “secular-minded.” She sustained a serious head injury after a members of the Taliban shot at her on Tuesday.
She had been riding the bus home from school when the attacker, wearing a police uniform, stopped the bus and fired shots at her. According to physicians, the bullet entered her skull but miraculously missed her brain. Two other girls sustained less serious injuries during the attack as well.
The cowardly gunman then quickly fled the scene.
It just goes to show you: any one can need the services of air medical crews — even air medical crews themselves.
An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene of a bicycle accident near the town of Pickering. The two cyclists involved in the accident were part of a seven-person group cycling across the United Kingdom for charity.
When the crew got off the helicopter, they found that the two injured accident victims were actually members of an air ambulance crew themselves.
The two injured flight medics, a man and a woman, are members of a medical crew for a different air ambulance service. They had been taking part in a fundraising “Coast 2 Coast” bicycle ride for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust when their bikes collided. The two medics suffered serious injuries.