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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2009 10:00 pm

The call comes at 10:15 a.m. A 4-day-old baby has had multiple seizures since she was born, and now she's more lethargic than normal. Doctors are worried.

She's already been in two hospitals, but doctors want a pediatric specialist to figure out what's wrong. The tiny girl needs to go from Modesto to Children's Hospital of Oakland, a drive that could take an ambulance at least two hours in Tracy and Bay Area traffic.

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  • posted at 8:50 am on Sat, Jul 18, 2009.


    First, let me be clear that I think REACH is a wonderful tool for people in time of need, and because of REACH I indeed hope the baby will get the treatment she needs. Having read about medical "choppers" in the past, they are very, very expensive to operate. Since they require constant maintance and a qualified mechanic is required to look it over between flights. For what ever reason Ms. Bohm failed or forgot to mention how the crew, chopper, fuel and everything associated with flying a medical helicoptor`s bills are paid for. If the tax payer shares the cost, they I would consider each flight money well spent since you never know who the next person with a medical emergency will be. That 40 minute round trip flight would be out of most people`s ability to pay for the cost. Keep that Super Giant Dragonfly, flying.

  • posted at 6:53 am on Sat, Jul 18, 2009.


    Please read the prior posts in order of time. they are connected... sorry post was so long but it could have been longer ;>)

  • posted at 6:52 am on Sat, Jul 18, 2009.


    the Care team approached again having obtained the infant and mother who would be traveling to another facility for much needed care. We as onlookers watched as all five people quickly took thier places according to thier job titles. It is unbelievable that five people can fit inside this small area. Then with the familiar reverbeating sound the helicopter is lifting off. Our job as onlookers is over... A new chapter for the infant and parent begining.... and a continuation of a normal day for the flight crew.... As a floor nurse my hat is off to you and all you do. I know the feeling when I hand off any patient to you be it infant or adult. I am thinking WOW!!! They know thier stuff!!!! You have worked hard to get where you are at and must continue a vigilent updating of both medical knowledge and equiptment that you work with. You are all you have when the "XXXX" hits the fan... You need to be commended and acknowledged in all that you do ;>)

  • posted at 6:39 am on Sat, Jul 18, 2009.


    As a profesional in the health care field I say "Hats off to you guys" ;>) I had the off duty experience the other evening to watch you in action. You arrived in a flashy red helicopter amid a loud reverberatory sound of staccato beats from your blades. The pilot making the landing look like clockwork. (We all know how difficult it can really be). Next out comes the three man crew. Two of you removing the necessary equiptment for the care of a small infant. The third securing the helicopter. All show confidence as they go about thier individual tasks. Once the care team has left the area to go in to retrieve the infant the pilot stays behind to field the many questions from onlookers. He took the time to show young ones the helicopter and even informed two young men of a carreer in medic flight. All the while he was vigilant in his duty of maintaining his helicopter. He then informed us that he needed to get back to setting up for the outbound flight. We watched as he made his checks and soon.....

  • posted at 5:31 am on Sat, Jul 18, 2009.


    Well done Reach 2!

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