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CalvinAir Helicopters provided its first medical emergency evacuation service of the new year to a 65-year-old Barbudan male.
The continuation of these medivac services is part of the company’s commitment to providing timely and effective emergency medical transportation, as mandated by its Chairman, Ambassador Calvin Ayre. Ayre is a well-known businessman and philanthropist who founded the Calvin Ayre Foundation to fund the cost of emergency flights.
On Tuesday afternoon at around 4:30 pm, the Hanna Thomas Hospital in Codrington contacted CalvinAir Helicopters with a distress call about the 65-year-old male patient, who was experiencing symptoms of a stroke and needed immediate medical attention on the mainland.
The company quickly responded and dispatched an Airbus helicopter with the plate number EC130 to Barbuda.
The patient was safely transported and landed at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre at around 5:35 pm.
Matron Caryl Jones Michael of Hanna Thomas Hospital expressed her gratitude to CalvinAir Helicopters and the Calvin Ayre Foundation for the speedy response to this emergency case.
Mark Fleming, the CEO of CalvinAir Helicopters, who is also an emergency pilot, stated, “We’re always standing by ready to assist because we know how critical and time-sensitive medical evacuations are.”
Jamilla Kirwan, the Media Relations Specialist for the Calvin Ayre Foundation, expressed her commitment to serving the nation of Antigua and Barbuda in the areas of emergency response, sports, education, and social development. She also wished the patient a quick recovery on behalf of Ambassador Calvin Ayre and the Ayre Group of Companies.