After the big 16 hour day that was the cataract flight two days before (previous blog post), we were expecting a catch up in the office day on Monday.
That plan changed when the phone rang early on Monday morning with a request for a medevac out of Beira, Central Mozambique.
Brian, a mission doctor at a teaching hospital in Beira, said his
daughter Eden had a suspected ruptured appendix and needed surgery in
South Africa. Scheduled airlines couldn't take her and it was a two day
drive on less than impressive roads. Could we help?
We've been flying to Mozambique for almost 30 years so we had the
contacts to get the necessary permits. It didn't take too long before we
were on our way. Even with the official paperwork, fueling and having
to clear customs and immigration, we still managed to land in Beira by
On the descent we noticed quite a lot of flooding.
Brian, being a doctor, took care of any medical needs Eden had during the flight.
For the Mercy Air team.