Care in the air

During a recent search and rescue foreign-exchange visit to Peru, Air Force Reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing here with one of the wing’s HC-130P/N Hercules aircraft were called into action to save a man’s life. A call came in that an American man at a remote airfield was suffering from acute appendicitis. Although the call was a surprise, the team of reservists didn’t hesitate to jump into action. As the aircrew began preparations to start the engines of their 83,000 lb., steel, turbo-propeller-driven aircraft, pararescueman Senior Master Sgt. Doug Kestranek and several aircraft-maintenance personnel climbed onboard. They were soon underway to the remote airfield, located at the coastal town of Pisco, where the aircrew left the engines running while several maintenance members helped carry the patient onto the aircraft. Then Sergeant Kestranek put his medical skills to work—stabilizing the man while the aircraft sped to a medical facility. They flew north up the coast more than 500 miles to a hospital in Lima, the capital of Peru, where the man received further treatment. (photo/Tech. Sgt. Rob Grande)

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