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Sentara Patient Saved Not Once, But Twice By Nightingale Rescue Helicopter

Norfolk, VA (July 19, 2011) – A rogue wave caught David Banty by surprise when he was vacationing in the Outer Banks in 1982. Before he could blink, he was being airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by Sentara’s Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance.

 August 2011 Community Benefits Report

Sentara patient David Banty credits Nightingale, Sentara's emergency
helicopter, for saving his life twice.


At first, Banty experienced total paralysis but eventually recovered enough. He walks only with a cane to steady him. Banty and his family credit the service of Nightingale, which has operated for almost 30 years as part of Sentara’s not-for-profit community mission. with his good prognosis.

A few months ago, Banty was again grateful for the support of Nightingale to save his life. What he thought was indigestion actually was diagnosed as multiple artery blockages that required immediate attention at Sentara Heart Hospital®. The fastest route from the hospital near Banty's home in Capron, VA, was via Nightingale.  

“My life was saved twice by Nightingale,” says Banty. He adds with a laugh, “They say things happen in threes, and we know they’ll be there if we need them a third time.”

Read more about Nightingale’s mission, as well as the Community Free Clinic of Newport News, which Sentara supported with a grant, in this month’s Community Benefits report. This edition also highlights how Sentara partners with Tidewater Community College to put used computers into students’ hands.

For more information on how Sentara gives back to Hampton Roads communities, check out  

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 Sentara Community Benefits Report - August 2011
Sentara Community Benefits
Sentara's Commitment to the Community
Sentara Heart Hospital®
Sentara Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

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