Critically Injured Woman Returns To New York, Angel MedFlight Donates Flight


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Critically Injured Woman Returns To New York, Angel MedFlight Donates Flight

By Steve Hall

December 13, 2011 - After being struck by a car in the Virgin Islands, a severely injured Long Island woman is back in New York, thanks to the efforts of her mother, Congressman Tim Bishop and Angel MedFlight. Breem was hit by a car in St. Thomas, suffering a traumatic brain injury and partial paralysis

Kelly Breem suffered a traumatic brain injury Nov. 14 when she was hit by a car while crossing a street on the island of St. Thomas, USVI. She fell into a coma and remained partially paralyzed at a St. Thomas hospital.

When Breem?s mother, Althea Richardson, learned that the hospital did not have the faculties available to treat her daughter?s brain stem injury, she made a plea to her local congressman, Tim Bishop, for help. 

Congressman Bishop directed his office to work on Ms. Breem?s behalf after learning that she could only receive the medical care she needs in the mainland U.S., and the cost of a medical evacuation flight was prohibitive for the family. He contacted leading international air medical transport provider Angel MedFlight for the flight.

?Kelly and her family needed our help in this tragic situation, and I thank Angel MedFlight for being true to their name and immediately offering their life-saving services free of charge,? says Congressman Bishop. When Rep. Bishop?s staff informed Angel MedFlight CEO Jeremy Freer of the severity of Ms. Breem?s condition, Freer offered to perform the air ambulance flight at no charge. 

?No two brain injuries are alike and studies have shown that patients who receive treatment at brain injury rehabilitation facilities make more progress in their recoveries,? says Freer. ?We are pleased to partner with Congressman Bishop and provide Kelly?s medical flight so that she has access to the specialized care she needs in New York.? 

Angel MedFlight medically transports patients to health care facilities around the world. Many of those flights have transported brain-injured patients to specialty rehabilitation centers where they receive comprehensive treatment. 

Ms. Breem was greeted by family members at Long Island MacArthur Airport following a 1,600-mile flight aboard a medically-dedicated Learjet 60. She was immediately transported by ambulance to Stony Brook University Medical Center where she is receiving treatment.

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