Christy, a young girl with a passion for horses, was thrown from hers during a show in Currituck County, North Carolina. She was hurt, and her parents were five hours away. Her best chance of care came from the air: Sentara Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance rushed her to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Within minutes of her injury, Christy was loaded into Nightingale, flown to Sentara Norfolk General and checked by a CT scan. Soon after, several residents, an attending physician, and a couple of nurses surrounded her.
The right care at the right time
Thankfully, Christy’s health problems were limited to a concussion. Her headache lingered for a month, but she was lucky to be one of the more fortunate patients on Nightingale.
Over nearly three decades and more than 16,000 missions, Nightingale has delivered seriously ill and injured patients to doctors. In an average year, the air ambulance transports over 600 patients. About half come from the scene of an accident. Others are transferred between medical care sites.
Most Nightingale missions fly to eastern North Carolina or Western Tidewater.