Eight-year-old Dora Camacho and her mother Jennifer awaited the jet that Keister arranged in their native Saipan, buoyed by a community of supporters there to see them off earlier this month. Camacho fell ill earlier this year and suffered a sudden and inexplicable paralysis. While doctors in Saipan did all they could to stabilize the girl, she needed the help of advanced medicine in the United States. Most importantly to Keister and his company, Dora needed a ride to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.
“Transporting Dora here for the medical treatment she needed was something Global Air Rescue could do to help,” Keister explained, admitting that it was a win for his team, as well. “It was one of the most rewarding flights we've flown.”
Flying such a medically fragile child, her bed and equipment and her mother was no small feat. The trip from Saipan to San Diego took 20 hours and involved the coordination of medical staff, airport and ambulance crews in Saipan and in San Diego, as well as three stopovers for crew rest and staff changes. Although the flight logistics were complicated, it wasn't the first time Global Air Rescue participated in saving the life of a child. It's a calling Keister says is one he's glad to help answer for children in need.
About Michael Keister
With more than 7,000 chartered flights to over 150 countries on six continents, Michael Keister is not only an aviation expert, but also a true professional when it comes to organ procurement and air ambulance services.