We were recently asked by the South African Police Service to help transport, Erol, an officer who had been shot whilst on duty eleven years ago.
He had undergone surgery a number of times with limited sucess but needed taking from his home in Kwa Zulu Natal to the hospital in Pretoria. This would usually be a slow eight hour drive but we could fly him there in just over an hour. As he finds sitting very uncomfortable, the only realistic option was lying down in our aircraft.
The little red triangle on the map above doesn't look like much but it still took four hours to navigate and actually gives an idea of the scale of South Africa.
We knew that getting Erol in and out of the plane would be hard work so he got some help in the shape of Roger, the Mercy Air US Board Chairman, who was in SA and who just hapens to be an ER Doctor - handy.
The transfer from car to plane and back took six people.
But once on board he could travel in relative comfort.
Mercy Air Team