CHICAGO, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AeroCare Air Ambulance Service has offered to fly 10-year-old Chandyn Thompson home to Rockford, Michigan at no cost to the family. Thompson is currently in the hospital in Tampa Florida. AeroCare will fly him to Grand Rapids Airport from Tampa, where they will then transport him to DeVos Children's Hospital.
Thompson was on vacation with his family in Tampa when he suddenly became ill. Thompson complained of a headache, vomited and was unresponsive. His parents rushed him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with an arterioveinous malformation or AVM.
AeroCare first heard about this child from a friend of the parents and after a conversation between the patient's father and AeroCare's CEO, it was decided that AeroCare would donate the flight. A flight like this would typically run approximately $18,000. "On behalf of AeroCare's entire team, it is an honor to be able to help this family in their time of need," stated AeroCare's CEO Joseph Cece, "and we will do everything possible to provide a safe and comfortable aeromedical flight back to Michigan where this child can be surrounded by family and friends." The two hour and 42 minute nonstop flight is planned for Wednesday, April 20th.
The air medical transport will be done on one of AeroCare's medically-configured Learjet 35As. AeroCare has a nearby base in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida that will provide the Learjet Air Ambulance. AeroCare's Learjet Air Ambulances are configured like a "flying ICU" with a two-person AeroCare medical crew, made up of a specially trained AeroCare Flight Nurse and Flight Medic. AeroCare's Learjet 35A is capable of traveling at 542 mph and has a service ceiling of 45,000 feet.
AeroCare is one of only three air ambulance service providers in Florida to be a CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems) accredited fixed-wing air ambulance provider. The CAMTS accreditation is one of the most distinguished accreditations an air ambulance provider can attain. A critical care nurse and flight medic, as well as a two pilot team, staff all AeroCare's flights.
For 21 years, AeroCare Air Ambulance has been a leading air ambulance service provider, providing fixed-wing air ambulance service for patients around the world. AeroCare's 24-hour Communication Center can be reached by calling 800-823-1911 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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