IT TAKES TEAM WORK
Glen Sim Story and photos M.Koehler
It is often assumed that the MAF pilot is the only person who is responsible to bring a medevac patient to an airport where they can receive treatment from a hospital. However, one medevac of late, proved how many people it can take to complete a medevac.
It started on Friday when the female patient was raped and severely bashed during an attack by two men from the neighbouring tribe while she was working in her garden. She dragged herself back to her village of Mt Tawa on nightfall where there were no doctors, not even a community health worker. But there was a Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) radio and a MAF agent who knew how to use it.
1. The MAF agent called CRMF HQ at Goroka to ask for a medevac.
2. The CRMF staff member radioed Jeremiah, the MAF Mt Hagen radio operator.
3. Jeremiah passed on the message to Sali, the MAF Programming Assistant.
4. Sali called Goroka Base and spoke to John, the Base Manager, to arrange a medevac.
5. John phoned Holger, the pilot who usually flew the Goroka medevacs.
6. Holger called Michael, the Flight Operations Manager, because he wasn’t checked into the Mt.Tawa airstrip.
7. Michael called Martin, the pilot who usually did the Hagen Medevacs, to ask him to check out pilot Andrew into the airstrip while doing the medevac.
8. Early Saturday morning Martin and Andrew flew out to Mt Tawa and returned to Mt Hagen around 10.00am with the patient, Rose, and her husband, Rodney who requested that she be taken to the mission hospital at Kudjip.
9. Martin didn’t have contact details for Kudjip hospital, so he rang the Programme Manager, Godfrey, who advised that it was not possible for ‘long-we’ patients to go to that hospital without prior arrangement.
11. On his way home Godfrey passed Jennifer, MAF wife and a hospital speech therapist, and asked if she would drop by the Hagen hospital where she knew the hospital staff. Jennifer was at the Emergency Department when Martin and Andrew arrived with the patient, her husband and sister-in-law, Anna.
12. Jennifer took Rose and family into the emergency ward, and later met up with the Women’s Ward Supervisor and told her about Rose’s condition and her possible HIV&Aids contamination.
13. On her way home Jennifer met up with MAF wife Lois, who promised to visit Rose in the hospital, as was her custom with most medevac’d female patients.
Within 24 hours after the rape Rose was safe in the care of the hospital staff, unaware that 13 people, related to MAF in different ways, all had a part in ensuring that she received the necessary treatment and care in the shortest possible time.
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