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WBEN NewsRadio 930>Audio & Video on Demand>>Focus On Mercy Flight: Skip Yuhnke & Jenn Crotty

Focus On Mercy Flight: Skip Yuhnke & Jenn Crotty

Jul 25, 2014|

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We are talking about mercy flight today we have in studio the president and founder Doug baker. On joining us on the WB and lifeline now is -- yankees and a flight medic and also a former patient and -- -- flight nurse good morning. He had to skip start with fuels a patient. Tell us about that. A sore right way to permanent tower at all here and while I was working there again injured pretty severely I got struck by a vehicle and I regret. And broke both -- very deadly. People like Osama and and they will we DEC EMC and within ten minutes realized they had no Paul is -- -- -- blockage from the crushing injuries in my right leg went to the operating room and an hour later they say my leg. While and now you gotta tell me is that why your flight medic today. Well we actually played medic -- actually -- -- before that but. Had been asked earlier view of flight -- my wife thought it was a little bit too dangerous. But start -- big swings in the early eighties with the same outfit. He. After I got injured in head before for the second time occupation back in 1990. After my eight month recovery period -- went back to work my wife thought it was al-Qaeda. It'd probably okay to be safe to fly so I started flying in 91 after recovering from the injuries. And I imagine that in your case you've probably seen cases a lot worse than the one you you work school. It Janet let me bring you and now Mir flight nurse practicing medicine now and 500 feet has to be challenging. -- can be at -- definitely had. I mean is it is it different being up in the air with tending to someone then it would be on the ground. Different aisle to work any -- so -- is that -- different environments. You're you know and have more contact -- You have. -- the same resources thin and and it's different just because of you know you're in the air and year out and that and that inclement weather sometime -- -- that. I know you're both modest people -- there are rules about what you can and can't tell us put in a general sense. Can neither one of you share a story about either your most memorable or most challenging mission. I'll get could probably do that at. I've actually fulltime here. An eventful time here for a number of years I spent a lot. Occasions where kids can call. There have been some memorable all play and I younger all the little dialogue more. In orchard are quite a few years ago and we flew over -- women and Children's Hospital. And he had -- pretty serious injuries and she actually get a full recovery from that. There's been a number of calls where we've seen people would like threatening injuries. And often times what we do aren't seen as the first responders first permanent and nurses to see these patients. -- NN does make a difference in -- out. So there have been a number of those cases. Fortunately. You know we do get there a lot of -- and and are able to take care of some of these patients but there're some cases that. People are injured just so badly that we can't see them and that purpose but. As a whole you know I actually believe in what we're doing here and I believe that it's in the best interest -- the patients and it does. Often times while appreciative of -- to welcome. Chair I'm sure it's it's emotional either way you know -- one of these cases go into people come back. To see you you know sometimes years later and thank you. Yes lead to unfair. I did some patients the -- -- that have come back and actually done fundraisers forest. Because they're thankful for what we've done. I want to be friendly -- all the patients and and there -- from what's gonna -- -- was struck by a vehicle not too long -- just a couple of years ago and I've actually become friends of their family. And you know those are the kind of relationships that make the job or while. Mercifully bounded up -- here in and -- you were saying earlier. That that. There are oftentimes. Situations on the road kind of does -- just described there. You folks were in -- just yesterday with a call. You know we we out of the five year old yesterday afternoon that was struck by truck and was it. It was a perfect example of what what can happen and happen it's a daily basis. And I think that. I'm Jenin skip can tell you and they would tell you I mean we have people come back from a flying tigers all the time. Families. Family members' patience. And it's it's pretty gratifying it's pretty special and they do that. And mansion. Genuinely in an -- -- -- Yeah I don't think I'll split it. Tony and don't hate. -- It was a situation though where the person. The person came back to you afterwards and said how grateful they were. I mania they -- here I left them very briefly but yet. That is correct. And and share it as a very very rewarding. We weren't into it's that's not a liver or reward is very emotional I mean half -- -- I mean even after 32 years I mean. Whether it's. Sister -- emerging myself that doctors that the paramedics and nurses and you know everybody gets wrapped up from the dispatchers to the mechanics to that I mean it. And it's it's very emotional. And that. Hey we appreciate -- and -- both of you joining us this morning in and thank you for all the good work you do. Okay that's agenda Friday she's a flight nurse skip Bianchi. As a former patient and flight medic with mercy flight.

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