CHICAGO, April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AeroCare is pleased to announce that 10-year-old Chandyn Thompson is back home in Michigan after a successful air ambulance transport from Tampa, Florida to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Rockford, Michigan fourth–grader had suffered a brain bleed caused by an arterionvenous malformation (AVM), while on vacation with his parents and sister in Tampa. Chandyn had brain surgery in Tampa and needed to be transported home. However, the only way to transport him was by flying him on an air ambulance aircraft. The family opened a GoFundMe account to try to raise the funds necessary to fly Chandyn home and received donations. AeroCare pilot Charles Werth was alerted about the Thompson's plight from a friend that saw the story on the news, and contacted AeroCare's CEO Joseph Cece.
Cece offered to fly Chandyn home at no cost to the family. Cece said, "On behalf of AeroCare's entire team, it was an honor to be able to help this family in their time of need. We're so pleased as an organization that we could provide the transport for Chandyn to get back home to Michigan, and wish him a speedy recovery." By AeroCare donating the flight to the family, it will allow them to use the funds that were donated for Chandyn's continued medical expenses and care.
The medical flight crew that accompanied Chandyn and his mother to Michigan consisted of of VP of Clinical Operations & Nurse Practitioner Becky Werth, Chicago based Chief Flight Nurse Keri Brach, and Scottsdale based Chief Flight Medic Eric Heetland. Chandyn was flown on one of AeroCare's medically-configured Learjet 35A air ambulances piloted by Florida based Chief Pilot Mario Grajeda, and Director of Operations-Aviation, Captain Charles Werth.
The team flew Chandyn to Gerald R. Ford International Airport and then accompanied him to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. VP of Clinical Operations Becky Werth said, "Chandyn has been delivered to his PICU where doctors and nurses were on standby to receive him. He did incredibly well in flight and AeroCare extends our thoughts and prayers for Chandyn's recovery."
AeroCare is 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 crew, staff all AeroCare's air medical transports.
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, 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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