Monday, April 9, 2012
USCG Medical Evacuation from Freedom of the Seas
On Easter Saturday aboard Freedom of the Seas we had a medical emergency. We have a medical facility with two doctors, two nurses, and other medical personnel, but we do not have a full hospital for specialized care.
We were having a scheduled sea day between Cozumel, Mexico, and our home of Port Canaveral. We detoured to waters off the coast of Key West, Florida, to meet a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter so our patient could be evacuated. As we pulled close to Key West we passed a Coast Guard ship, but this one was not involved in the evacuation.
In a previous post I took pictures while standing on the helipad. Click here to take a look.
I have no information yet on the condition of the patient, but am so grateful we live in a time when we have excellent medical care as well as the capability of getting those who need that care to where they can receive it. Thanks to Freedom's Medical and Marine teams and to the US Coast Guard who orchestrated the successful evacuation of this patient.