FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AeroCare Worldwide Air Ambulance recently provided a lifesaving air medical transport for a 13-year-old Dominican Republic girl by the name of Yasmeli Guzman. Guzman suffers with severe scoliosis. She had surgery in September in the Dominican Republic to correct her scoliosis but four days after surgery she developed an infection and cerebral spinal fluid leak (CSF). She needed a special scan called a CT-myelogram to locate the leak. However, the equipment was not available in the Dominican Republic. The CSF leak was life threatening and the surgical team had to get Guzman to the U.S. immediately. Scottsdale based International Surgical Foundation (ISF) donated their services to provide the lifesaving surgery Guzman needed so badly. ISF is a collaboration of Duane D.H. Pitt MD and his Scottsdale surgical team. ISF was formed by Pitt to help those suffering from spinal disorders in the Dominican Republic. ISF contacted AeroCare Air Ambulance to provide the emergency air medical transportation to the U.S. because of the company's high level of experience in transporting critically ill and injured patients worldwide.
AeroCare flew their Ft. Lauderdale based Learjet 35 air ambulance to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to pick up the injured teen. They then flew her to Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S., where she was admitted to The Phoenix Children's Hospital and underwent spinal surgery to repair the spinal fluid leak.
AeroCare sent a two-person medical team consisting of a critical care flight nurse and critical care flight medic to provide the air medical transport for Guzman and her mother. AeroCare is highly experienced in transporting patients with spinal injuries and the flight went very well for Guzman. Upon arrival at Scottsdale Airport, AeroCare then provided ground ambulance transportation. Guzman underwent the first of several surgeries planned to repair the CFS leak. She is currently in stable condition and awaiting more surgeries. The ISF has created a CrowdRise campaign with a goal of raising $100,000. So far they have raised a little more than $37,000. to help pay for Guzman's flight, and medical expenses. More information can be found on the ISF's Facebook page and AeroCare's Facebook page.
Entering its 22nd year of operations, AeroCare Air Ambulance is a CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems) accredited fixed-wing air ambulance provider with bases in Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, and Scottsdale. AeroCare provides air medical transports for patients throughout the world utilizing a fleet of medically- configured aircraft including, Learjet 31ER, Learjet 35A, and Learjet 55. AeroCare's 24-hour Communication Center can be reached by calling 800-823-1911 or if outside the US or Canada by calling +1 (630) 466-0900. For more information visit http://www.aerocare.com.
Contact Name: Doug Swan
AeroCare Air Ambulance Service
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