This year LifeFlight of Maine is celebrating 15 years of helping Mainers and saving lives. Saturday, they hosted the public on their helipad at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
“I am here today because I wanted to see the helicopter that saved my life, ” said Abi Martin.
5 months ago 11 year old Abi Martin got in a terrible skiing accident
“I was skiing and I hit a tree and I was knocked out,” Martin said.
“Without the helicopter you know I’m not sure Abi would be here today,” said her father, Jeremy Martin.
Today she’s sharing her story– how LifeFlight of Maine helped her and nearly 16-thousand others over the last 15 years.
“Every corner of the state, the islands, the far woods, hospital to hospital, every age of patient, every kind of disease, process, every kind of injury,” said LifeFlight Executive Director, Thomas Judge.
Maine was the last state to get an air medical program… And in 2008 they were ranked the best in North America.
“We try to treat everyone like our family how our family would want to be treated let them know what he can tell them,” said Sandy Benton who’s been a Flight Nurse for 15 years.
The non-profit has grown to nearly 40 nurses, paramedics, pilots, and mechanics, all with the most advanced skills.
“No training is going to prepare you for everything that you see, but through our training we’re able to be prepared to handle any situation that we may get out into,” said Flight Nurse Stephen Babin.
LifeFlight makes about 4 missions every day, to every corner of the state, and they plan to keep doing it.
“We’re going to be there 15 years on we’re going to be there you know still taking care of Maine, making sure there’s access to good high quality healthcare,” Judge said.