Maine Patient Requires Urgent Transport to Boston

When 15 year old Aliana became very ill suddenly, her mother rushed her to the emergency room in Presque Isle, ME immediately. After many tests, it was determined that Aliana could be suffering from a pulmonary condition that required further consultation with a specialist at Mass General Hospital in Boston, MA.

As a single mother of two children, Aliana’s mother lacked the funds and resources to travel the 6+ hour drive to and from Boston, MA. A social worker recommended she reach out to Angel Flight NE for assistance.  With time being of the essence, our mission/flight coordination team worked with Aliana’s medical teams both in Maine and Boston to coordinate the vital mission so Alaina and her mother could meet with the specialist to determine what next steps would be in Aliana’s medical treatment and care.  With the amazing help from our volunteer pilots – Greg C. & Jeff G. – as well as ground transportation by our Earth Angel, Carol, Aliana and her mother were able to travel from Presque Isle, ME to Boston, MA and return home all in one day.

A lovely note from Aliana’s mother:
I would like to express my great gratitude for the service you provided to my daughter Aliana and me on Tuesday, May 23. Your work, dedication, commitment, and devotion to this organization’s mission is indisputably remarkable. Many thanks to the AFNE staff Georgie, Jonathan, and Becca, also to the volunteer pilots Greg C. and his partner Annie, to the pilot Jeff and his co-pilot Leon as well as our earth angel driver Carol.

Everyone was super nice and polite. Definitely your work is a reflection of professionalism and commitment.  I will use “my voice” and social media to encourage others to be part of such a wonderful organization and help spread the word. If anyone asks me about you, I will let them know about the wonderful experience we had and the great treatment you gave us.

With all my heart, I wish you the best and I hope that many donations arrive as well as I hope you can continue to count on volunteers that allow you to continue this great work.

We are able to transform patients’ lives –  like Aliana’s –  who need to access life-saving medical care with the amazing support of our compassionate, giving volunteer pilots and earth angels along with generous grants from organizations like Brian Goldner Center for Transforming Futures established by Hasbro. And support of individuals, like you, is also vital. Together we are making the “Impossible, Possible” for patients and families in need of accessing life-saving medical care.

As with all of our patients, Aliana and her family will always have a place in our heart and will remain a part of the Angel Flight NE extended family. We assured her mother that we are here for her as long and as often as she needs our assistance to access the vital care and treatment Aliana needs to battle her recent healthcare crisis.

Mission/Flight requests – like Aliana’s – happen daily and we are privileged to have the opportunity to not only fly but deeply care for all who turn to us for help at difficult times in their lives.  We are here for her for as long and as often as she needs our help and to ensure the best possible outcome. Please keep Aliana and all of our patients in your thoughts and prayers.

We are proudly celebrating our 27th year of service having scheduled over 108,000 flights for patients who have traveled  more than 15 million miles to 750+ medical facilities throughout the United States since our founding in 1996.

Thank You and God Bless You for your support and belief in our healing mission.

With your help, we can ensure that distance is never an obstacle for patients, like Aliana and the thousands of others we assist yearly.

Warmest regards,
Fr. Larry & the AFNE Staff

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