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While on a hunting trip in the highlands of Ethiopia, a member suffered a stroke and needed immediate assistance.
- Language barriers
- Chaotic environment
- Scarcity of suitable hospitals in region
The member was hunting in a mountainous region at an elevation of 10,500 feet when his professional hunting guide noticed the member’s slurred speech. The member exhibited other signs of an altered mental state with decreased motor function in one side of his body – symptoms that are classic indicators of stroke.
Realizing the severity of his client’s condition, the professional hunter called the emergency number and drove him to the nearest medical facility; a poorly equipped clinic in Addis Ababa. The company immediately dispatched an air ambulance to the clinic in Addis Ababa, which evacuated him and his hunting party to the best neurological facility in Nairobi, Kenya. There he was met by a deployed paramedics and treated and monitored by a U.S. trained neurosurgeon.
After viewing the CT scans, doctors cleared the member for air travel and he was medically evacuated back to the United States. Further damage or death was avoided by closely monitoring the patient’s condition and evacuating him to the U.S.