Medical transport for hospitals impacted by Harvey stationed in CTX airport

Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:31:05-04

Thirty fixed wing aircraft equipped with medical equipment are at the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport ready to transport patients from areas affected by Harvey to other facilities.

Airmed International Registered Respiratory Specialist Nicholas Buchner who is stationed in Alabama is one of the medical staff ready to care for patients during transport.

"We have all the capabilities that an intensive care unit or a neonatal care unit would have from life support equipment to medical pumps, to the drugs we carry," Buchner said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency called several companies to provide this service. 

"I think it's important people have access, have an ability to reach facilities in the area that they may initially get hurt or sick at," Buchner said.

Some of the medical teams came as far as North Dakota and Florida.

Aerocare Registered Nurse Tahnee Clark came from Fort Lauderdale to help.

"It's amazing. It's a beautiful thing to watch in times of a disaster like this that there are people from all over the country that have come without hesitation," Clark said.

Airmed International Director of Medical Operations Amber Payne Gregory said it is important for her company to serve.

"Our mission is to be the best part of someone's worst day so anything we could do to help with this disaster that happened is our mission profile to do and what we are here to do, is to help those in need," Payne Gregory said.

At this point, some aircraft have left to be on standby at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. 

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