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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angel in our Midst (Angel Flight Southeast Division)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
We are very fortunate to have some of the best medical care in the country right here at home.
Still, there are patients who require specialized care a good distance away.
To get to the help they need, they can take to the wings of some Angels In Our Midst.
It's a Beechcraft Bearing.  You know, it's a twin engine.
It has a moving map; you can see where you are.  You have the weather right on your instrument. 

It has radar and it has a storm scope.
Charlie Gould has been a private pilot for more than 30 years.  He started flying for business purposes.  He did a lot of travel working in the lumber industry.  One day, by chance, he was lead to another mission.

Charlie Gould, Angel Flight Pilot;  I was on vacation with a friend down in the Bahamas and he was a burn patient and he told me about how he got some flights with Angel Flight.  And I decided it was something I wanted to do.

Charlie became a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight Southeast.  He joined a team of more than 600 pilots flying humanitarian missions across the five-state region.

Most pilots like to fly and would do anything to have an opportunity to fly and how much better can it get if you can do some good for somebody and help somebody.

They transport patients and families who are financially distressed or for other reasons public transportation is not feasible.  In every case, they take to the air knowing one thing...

Exactly.  It's about life, you know, and it needs to be done and it needs to be done right away.
That timing can be a matter of life and death for some patients; like those waiting on organ transplants.  Every second counts and those life saving calls often come in the middle of the night one, two, three am.

I have six patients right now that I'm waiting on the call.  So, you just sit and wait for it to come and get up and go.  I have a limited amount of time to get to where they are going.

There is no charge to the patient for the Angel Flight Services.  The pilots donate their time, the cost of fuel and operating the airplane.  For his extraordinary service, Charlie was named the 2012 Angel Flight Pilot of the Year.  But, the recognition was not his greatest reward.

What I like best is how thankful the people are and how pleasant they are.  You know, with all the tough things they're going through in their life at that particular time, it's just amazing that they can keep a smile on their face and be so pleasant.

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.
For more on the Angel Flight Southeast Program  go to our website and click on Newslinks.

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