Samaritan Aviation July 2017 Newsletter

Snake Bite Victim Gets Second Chance

Even before he completed the emergency call, Medical Director Chris Cooke was rushing out the door, hurriedly preparing for the life flight of a young woman bitten by a death adder, one of the most venomous snakes on the planet. He jumped in the ambulance and headed to the hospital, hoping to find the anti-venom in stock. Meanwhile, President & Pilot Mark Palm took off for the airport to ready the plane for flight.

As always with snake bite emergencies, we are literally in a race against time. Depending on the size of the patient, the symptoms of envenomation can rapidly progress from the initial eye lid swelling to the eventual paralysis of the diaphragm rendering the patient unable to breathe. Almost a year ago, Mark & Chris were preparing for the life flight of another death adder victim, a 2-year-old little boy that died on his way to meet the plane, just minutes after we received the emergency call. Remembering the grief and frustration of that loss, the 35-minute flight to the Sepik village of Ambunti seemed like an eternity.

Loading Martha onto the Floatplane

Upon landing, we found the patient, Martha, being carried toward us on a stretcher. She was unconscious with shallow respirations, and obviously losing control of her muscle functions. Meeting them on the muddy shore, Chris immediately started the IV and administered the anti-venom. Monitoring her closely for adverse side effects, they loaded Martha on the floatplane and took off for Boram Hospital, praying they had reached her in time. Just a day later, Chris and his daughter, Charleigh, visited a smiling, joyful Martha. What a privilege to now laugh and pray with her as she thanked God for her life!

Chris Cooke with Martha at Boram Hospital

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Luke & Tracy Join The Team!

We are pleased to announce that Luke and Tracy Hamer, who are both highly experienced floatplane pilots and aircraft mechanics, will be joining us in PNG in late October of 2017! The Hamers have a passion for aviation, but more than that, they have a passion to share God’s love to the remote areas of PNG. Earlier this year, they came for two months and fell in love with the people and the mission of Samaritan Aviation. We are pleased to have them on our team and confident they will make a huge impact on the local population in the East Sepik province with their skills and compassion for those in need.

“We have been working towards overseas missions for quite a few years now flying mostly in Alaska. We are so excited to join with Samaritan Aviation and continue to see Papua New Guineans become empowered and to see the Gospel take hold in this vastly remote area of our world.” - Luke & Tracy Hamer

How can you help them?

Luke and Tracy are taking a step of faith and are coming over with the hopes of raising their support while they are here. Their biggest need is to have monthly supporters and prayer partners. You can help them financially by going to:

New Floatplane Update

The new floatplane has made its first journey from Ottawa, Canada to Minnesota. While in Minnesota, it will be re-registered as a U.S. aircraft, go through an annual inspection, and have a right hand door installed. The estimated costs for all of this is $30,000. If you would like to help with this project please send a check or click the button below to make a donation.

Send checks made payable to Samaritan Aviation to: PO Box 20697, Mesa, AZ 85277

PO Box 20697, Mesa, AZ 85277

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