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  • Florida resident advocates for air ambulance care and insurance reimbursement

    When Karen Espinosa suffered a stroke last year at her home in Lake City, Florida, she met the Florida criteria for a Stroke Alert. Karen and her husband, Alan, were grateful for the air ambulance service that helped make her recovery possible, but they were shocked when they found out their insurance company covered the entire hospital bill, but would only cover a quarter of their air medical bill. Alan believes that, like his insurance company, very few consumers know the protection is there. So he is working to get the word out to other patients who meet one of the health alert conditions.

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  • Karen Espinosa: A Defenders of Tomorrow story

    Five or 10 years ago, Karen would have ended up in a nursing home after such a severe stroke, but newer treatments and the quick response made possible a full recovery, for Karen Espinosa, Air Methods patient. As someone who works with stroke victims, she has seen how it can leave people severely disabled. “I’m so lucky to be talking,” she said. Karen returned to work within 10 days.

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  • Teammate’s mother saved by air medical, blood: nearly 7,000 units of platelets are needed daily in the U.S.

    As a DPL team manager who oversees transfers for nine hospitals, Chad Dilsaver is used to dealing with life and death situations every day. But when his own mother required emergency air medical transport, he gained a whole new perspective on the crucial services that provide patients with “another tomorrow.”

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  • Trey Smith: a focus on Brain Injury Awareness Month

    We all assume medical care will be within reach when we have an emergency. One South Carolina boy, however, is so grateful that he visited those who saved his life. The rescue—especially given the boy’s remarkable recovery—indicates the importance of Air Methods in saving lives and getting rural Americans to major hospitals.

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  • Trip Collins: A Defenders of Tomorrow Story

    When Brittany Collins heard the gunshot and looked at her three-year-old son, Trip, he was clutching his stomach. The little boy had accidentally got a hold of a weapon and shot himself. Everything that happened over the next minutes was critical to the boy’s survival.

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