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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
July 7, 2009 3:28 am
Published in: Uncategorized

Sunday afternoon, not much going on except relaxing…Jon Hildebrandt our other Loki pilot comes charging over. “Jay you’re doing a medevac from Chotbura to Kurmuk.” Uhh, ok. So we spool up and launch me to Chotbura, 2.7 hours to the north, to get take a lady having a hard time delivering a baby. Initial word is the baby hasn’t survived and the nurses are afraid for the mother.

So we put 400 liters of fuel in the plane, plus a drum to leave at Chotbura plus four 20 liter jerry cans so that I can refuel in Kurmuk and off I go. I land at Chotbura just after 5. Kurmuk is about 50 minutes flight time further north, and sunset is 7:10pm, so still plenty of time as long as we don’t dawdle.

However…. I’m told that the mother is fine, the nurses managed to deliver the baby, who is also fine. So come on over to the compound and we’ll put you up for the night and monitor the mother and child and if necessary you can take them to Kurmuk and the hospital in the morning.

In the morning all is well, so I hop in the plane and head back to Lokichogio. The medevac that wasn’t. Much better than the medevac we were planning.

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