Man Reflects on Lifeflight Experience
David Coughlan is an avid skier and in February of 2009 he fell during a skit trip, but he has no recollection of it.”I went home that night with an ear ache, woke up the next morning, barely. Decided to stay in bed, and felt like I had the flu. Turns out I was going into a coma from the spill I took,” said Coughlan.Coughlan had a hairline fracture at the base of his skull. He had to be Lifeflighted from Bethel to Lewiston… It took only 15 minutes.He was in a coma for 5 days and in the hospital for 16, and just like the fall, he says he doesn’t remember the flight. “Although when I did wake up there was something in the back of my mind about flight training school, and that may have something to do with the helicopter flight, but then again, it’s something I’ll never know.”Lifeflight of Maine has only two helicopters for the entire state.It has been around since 1998 and in that time, more than 7,500 patients have been safely transported thanks to its services.”We often say that we meet people on the worst day of their entire life, and our job is to give them their life back,” said Thomas Judge, the executive director of Lifeflight of Maine.For Coughlan, Lifeflight did just that. He says if it weren’t for Lifeflight of Maine, he wouldn’t be here right now. He is forever thankful to the folks who work for Lifeflight and so he gives back by attended a golf scramble to benefit the foundation.”That’s how we stay in the air, that’s how we stay taking care of Maine,” said Judge.Coughlan’s experience changed his life, but he still can’t piece together exactly what happened to him.He decided to write a book, as a way to try and remember the entire thing.”As I finished the book, it turned out very, very theraputic for me to do and to present the book to a lot of the people that helped me along the way is very gratifying too,” said Coughlan.While he may never know exactly what caused him to be injured, he says the thing he’ll never forget is the importance of Lifeflight of Maine.