Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana

by Remote Area Medical
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
Support Free Air Ambulance in Remote Guyana
The RAM Guyana Air Ambulance
The RAM Guyana Air Ambulance

The free RAM Air Ambulance in Guyana continues to be a lifeline for hundreds of villagers in remote regions of the South American country.  So far, in 2018, RAM has provided emergency care to 99 children and 557 adults (656 people total).  This free care is valued at more than $524,000!  

In other news, the month of August brought about a great loss for Remote Area Medical - RAM® with the passing our legendary Founder & President, Stan Brock.  Mr. Brock, who founded RAM in 1985, passed away in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 29.  He was an extraordinary man who lived an exciting and fulfilling life -- having been a cowboy, movie star, wild animal wrangler, and philanthropist.  Mr. Brock put every waking minute of his time and all of his resources into RAM and was able to see the organization through its 958th expedition.  During his 33-year tenure, RAM served more than 740,000 people, providing more than $120 million worth of free care.    

While we grieve Mr. Brock's passing, we will continue to champion his legacy in providing free care to those in need, including those who benefit from the air ambulance program in Guyana.  Fortunately, Mr. Brock built a very strong organization, capable of living on long after his passing.  RAM is blessed to have a dedicated 12-member Board of Directors, 34 skilled staff members, and tens of thousands of humanitarian volunteers and donors.  RAM will always remember Stan Brock and will continue to uphold his vision of preventing pain and alleviating suffering for thousands of people around the world.  

"Never Forget The Mission" - Stan Brock

A mother and father with their newborn baby.
A mother and father with their newborn baby.

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Patients deplaning from the RAM Air Ambulance
Patients deplaning from the RAM Air Ambulance

The first five months of 2018 have been incredibly busy for the free RAM Air Ambulance Program!  Since the beginning of the year, our humanitarian volunteers have provided free care through the RAM Air Ambulance Program to 85 children and 414 adults (499 total).  This represents a total value of care worth $392,170!

Below is volunteer-told account of two passengers receiving care through this program:

RAM’s volunteer pilot, Andrew Shaw, along with RAM Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Eastman, departed Lethem, Guyana at 9:30 am on April 22, 2018 on a RAM Air Ambulance flight to Annai, a small village of about 550 Amerindians. After a short 30 minute flight that would have taken about 4 hours walking over the rough terrain, two patients were picked up, both late in their pregnancies and due to deliver at any moment.

 The village well in Annai is dry and there was no water to ensure a safe birth for their infants. The patients, age 19 and 21, were thankful for the airlift to the Lethem hospital, as by road it would be a rough journey placing both their lives and their unborn children in jeopardy. Despite heavy rains on the horizon, volunteer RAM pilot Andrew Shaw was safely able to fly the aircraft back to Lethem. While there, the women were met by Lawrence Wilson from the Lethem hospital and were then transported via ambulance to the hospital.

“This was just one of hundreds of successful RAM missions saving lives and making a difference,” Andrew Shaw said.  

Andrew Shaw, RAM Volunteer Pilot
Andrew Shaw, RAM Volunteer Pilot
The remote village of Annai in Guyana.
The remote village of Annai in Guyana.

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Location: Rockford, Tennessee - USA
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Adria Heimburger
Rockford, Tennessee United States

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