June 27, 2009

Stroke Victim's Family Needs Help To Bring Loved One Home

BOSTON -- Steven Hill, 33, is a native of Lexington who his family said was the picture of health the day before he collapsed while on vacation in Jamaica.

"That morning Steven came out of the bathroom, and had said he had pain in his arm, and he had his first seizure," said his wife, Tanya Hill, in an interview on Skype.

She explained Steven was taken to a small local hospital.

"They released him, and when he stood up to be released is when he had a major seizure that went on for about 20 minutes, and that's when they believe that he actually suffered the stroke," said Hill.

"He's bleeding on one side of his brain, and then on the other side, on the right side of the frontal lobe he has a major clot, which is clotting the major vein that goes down and drains into your heart," said his younger sister, Kelly Chadwick.

Newscenter 5's Amalia Barreda reported Wednesday that travel insurance paid for Hill to be flown to a hospital in Aventura, Florida, where he has been in extremely critical condition. Because his insurance covers transportation to the nearest medical facility, Blue Cross Blue Shield will not pay the $15,000 cost of medflighting him home to Boston.

Steven's sister has already scheduled two fundraisers for her brother. The first one is on July 15 in Boston's financial district. The second one is the following night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lexington.

While his parents rushed to his bedside, Steven's sister set up a foundation and an online blog that details the need to raise money, because the air ambulance home will be the least of his medical expenses. With his speech and movements severely impaired, his sister said the family is prepared for a rehabilitation that likely will take years.

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June 12, 2009

Angel MedFlight Provides Air Medical Transportation for Accident Victim Needing Transport from France to U.S.

The air ambulance company steps in once again where the insurance carrier fails.

Scottsdale, AZ June 12, 2009 -- The air ambulance company, Angel MedFlight, http://www.angelmedflight.com, is happy to report a 20-year-old Ariel Gernes, who sustained several traumatic injuries from a multiple vehicle collision while she was visiting France, is now back in the United States receiving acute care. Angel MedFlight provided the air medical transportation after Gernes' insurance company refused to provide medical transport back to the United States.

Immediately after the accident, Gernes was taken to a level one trauma center in Clichy, France where she underwent multiple procedures including brain surgery, removal of her spleen, partial removal of her liver, chest tube placement, and many more lifesaving interventions.

As Gernes started the recovery process, her physicians discussed with the family how she would need to be transferred to a rehab facility for physical and neurological rehab, but she would not be eligible for admission into any other medical facility in France without the proper citizenship. Therefore, the family was informed there were no other options except an air ambulance flight back to the United States.

Despite having coverage for air medical transportation within her insurance policy, a directive from the attending trauma physician, and the pleading of the medical facility in France, the insurance carrier refused air medical transportation back to the United States. The denial stated, "The transport is for the convenience of the doctor, staff, or family and therefore is not medically necessary." Even after appealing the decision, the air medical transport was denied. The carrier went as far to tell the family that air medical services were exclusively for "repatriation" purposes. During the final telephone call, the insurance representative told the Gernes family they would have to pay for the air medical transport out of their own pocket and try to get reimbursed afterward.

Abandoned by their own insurance company, the Gernes family began a search for solutions. They found their answer with Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance. Angel MedFlight is pleased to report that Ariel has been transported back to Boston, Massachusetts and is receiving the acute care she desperately needs. On behalf of the family, Angel MedFlight advanced several hundred thousand dollars to perform the flight in an emergent fashion. At this time, because of the "poor faith" actions by the insurance carrier, Angel MedFlight will utilize its in-house attorneys on the patient's behalf, to recoup the insurance benefits that are declared within her plan.

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Angel MedFlight is corporately based in Scottsdale AZ. Through sole and exclusive aircraft vendor relationships, Angel MedFlight staffs each air ambulance with two critical care flight personnel at all times. The organization performs air medical transportation on a domestic and international basis. Angel MedFlight prides itself on executing its One Touch Promise: "From first contact...from bed to bed...on the ground and in the air, Angel MedFlight's One Touch Promise assures you that everything is handled." For more information, please visit http://www.angelmedflight.com.

June 8, 2009

Neonate Transport a Success!

Some people believe in miracles and some only believe when a miracle happens to them. We like to say that we make miracles happen. In the beginning of the week, Angel Medflight received a flight request for a beautiful baby. The mother noticed that her child was very irritable and dark circles were forming around her eyes. The child’s mother became worried and took the child to the hospital to be examined. The doctors had come up with a very likely hypothesis: a possible neuroblastoma.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer that resides in young children, especially babies. It is a disease in which malignant (
cancer) cells form in the nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord. The mother called many companies requesting to have her daughter transported to a medical facility that offered specific, higher level of care for this condition. Every company that the mother called wanted a large sum of money up front … then she found Angel Medflight. Angel Medflight put two of its top nurses on a flight within two hours of her request. The baby is now in the hands of the most skilled doctors in the United States able to treat this condition. The mother could not thank Angel Medflight enough for what it did for her little angel.

Our company, unlike others, does not treat its patients like a financial opportunity; our job satisfaction only comes when we know we have made an impact on a person’s precious life.