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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
February 17, 2010 5:09 am
Published in: Flying

A couple firsts the other day for me.  I did my first ICAA medevac.  ICAA is intensive care air ambulance.  They charter planes, and provide medical staff and equipment to provide medical transport.  I’ve done medevacs before, of course, but this is the first time with these folks. They provide a doctor and a nurse as crew for the flight.  We flew the Caravan over to Kigali to pick up a man who’d had a heart attack and bring him and his wife and son to Nairobi.  We launched out of Nairobi about 2:30 in the afternoon.  It’s about a 3 hour flight each way, and we had a couple hours wait in Kigali while the doctor and nurse fetched the patient from the hospital there.  We took off from Kigali about 7:55 and landed in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta airport at nearly 11pm.  That was my first experience flying at night in Africa.  It’s very dark out there.

What was really bizarre was that Lake Victoria was better lit than the land.  The fishermen put out strings of lanterns to attract the fish.  So Lake Victoria was all lit up, but the surrounding land showed just a very few scattered lights.

The flights were uneventful, otherwise.

2 Responses to “Wilson – Kigali – Wilson, at night”

  1. Victoria Says:

    Oh my goodness, that must have been surreal…the lights on Lake Victoria I mean.

    Did the patient survive?

  2. Jay Says:

    Surreal is a good word for it. I didn’t have a camera, unfortunately, but on the other hand I don’t know that I could have gotten a good picture given the conditions.

    The patient had had a serious heart attack. I don’t know his condition now. Rwanda doesn’t have good intensive care, from what I’ve heard, just basic medical. I’m told Rwanda’s the poorest country in Africa, which may well be true though I think Zimbabwe may be giving them a run for that dubious distinction. Anyway, sorry, no I don’t know the patient’s condition.

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