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Injured Global Rescue members evacuated after plane crash in Myanmar

  
  


Burma Crash
Emergencies can happen at any time, and Christmas Day is no exception. Global Rescue was ready to respond when two of our members found themselves caught in a life threatening incident while on vacation in Myanmar. Our Operations Team was notified that a plane had crashed just short of the runway at Heho airport, near the tourist destination of Inle Lake, and that there were multiple casualties, amongst them a husband and wife who were Global Rescue members. Global Rescue personnel immediately began putting the wheels in motion for the required evacuation to suitable medical care.

While the wife sustained a minor spinal injury, her husband suffered burns covering nearly 40% of his body—including his head, face, neck, hands, and feet—that required urgent attention. An IV was administered at a small, local hospital where other injured passengers from the crash were treated. It was clear though that this facility lacked the resources to appropriately treat this patient’s serious injuries. Global Rescue coordinated the launch of an aircraft to retrieve both members from the remote hospital, and to transport them to Bangkok, Thailand. Upon landing, they were met by an ambulance stationed on the tarmac and taken directly to one of the country’s leading hospitals. Here, they were met by a Global Rescue paramedic, deployed from our Bangkok Operations Center to oversee his care.  Their admittance had been pre-arranged and emergency care physicians were standing by, ready to receive them into the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. After initial stabilization and having consulted with our specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine; it was determined  that a transfer the best burn center in Singapore would be the next step in his fight for survival. The transfer was completed by private ICU aircraft and a seamless admission to the hospital was completed.

Understanding the complications beyond the immediate physical toll of such a trauma, our experienced Operations Specialists also attended to the finer but often overlooked details of their situation; replacing the wife’s prescription glasses that had been destroyed in the crash, relocating the wedding ring that had been cut off during initial treatment, bringing western-style food to the hospital for a comforting taste of home, reaching out to notify the couple’s daughter of any updates, and arranging a psychologist to work bedside with the couple to provide counseling after this traumatic event.

Within two weeks of the crash, after overseeing several skin graft surgeries, Global Rescue transported the husband by air ambulance back to his home country hospital in New York City. His wife, fitted with an orthopedic back brace, was met in New York by a member of Global Rescue’s operations team, and transported to her husband’s bedside. The couple continues to recover.

 

Comments

Way to go, Global Rescue team! 
I never go out of countyr without you!
Posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:48 AM by Albert Getty, DDS
Hi again. I kept thinking of Global Rescue during the recent Carnival Cruise liner fiasco. I was wondering under what conditions and with what kind of assets would you respond to a member who finds him or herself in such a predicament as being trapped on a stalled ship with rampant unsanitary conditions?
Posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:52 AM by Albert Getty
Your sales team is lacking, no response???
Posted @ Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:48 AM by Nick
Hi Nick, 
 
Thanks for keeping us on our toes. We actually responded to Mr. Getty directly by email soon after his post.  
 
If you are interested, for Global Rescue to orchestrate and pay for an evacuation from a cruise liner, the member would need to meet the two triggers for medical evacuation. Firstly, that they are more than 160 miles away from home and secondly, that they are ill or injured to the extent that they require in-patient hospitalization. While clearly extremely unpleasant, it wasn't clear that this second trigger would have been met in this specific case. Had this trigger been met, they would have been eligible for evacuation. It should be noted that evacuating someone from a cruise ship can be a complex operation with weather, distance from shore and other factors playing a role.  
 
If we can help answer any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch at: memberservices@globalrescue.com 
 
Kind regards, 
 
The Global Rescue Team
Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 7:24 AM by Sam Highley
I WILL NEVER GO IN A TRIP WITHOUT YOU 
THANK YOU GLOBAL RESCUE
Posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 7:19 PM by FRANK RAMOS
Great blog post. It’s useful information.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 5:08 AM by Air Charter NY
Great work GR! I hope everyone going to the Olympics has GR coverage. 
Thanks. 
 
Posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:42 AM by Abe Getty
Great work Global rescue and its members.
Posted @ Friday, February 14, 2014 1:02 AM by Private Jets
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