SOURCE: Seven Corners

Seven Corners

January 25, 2010 16:51 ET

Travel Insurance Company Seven Corners Coordinates Members' Rescue From Haiti

CARMEL, IN--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - While others are waiting in line to get aircraft into Haiti, Seven Corners successfully rescued its members out of Haiti, including the evacuation of one seriously injured member.

Dr. William Barker, who has been providing emergency care for the Haitains as well as coordinating Seven Corner's efforts on the island sent an alert stating:

"There is a... missionary in Grand Goave Haiti with a ruptured spleen, broken ribs, and other injuries. She cannot be transported to Port au Prince by ground which is where appropriate medical treatment can be provided. She needs to be transported by helicopter to Port au Prince for appropriate care."

Immediately upon notification, Seven Corners began coordinating the evacuation with the U.S. Navy and communicating with the missionary team members on location in Haiti. At the time, the airport was still closed to private aircraft. Air ambulance companies would not fly out of Miami without the guarantee that the airport would remain open for them to land. To resolve the issue, a U.S. Navy plane airlifted our member to the aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson. Below is an account from one of the mission team members of the experience:

"We just witnessed up close and personal an amazing experience, as the U.S. Navy picked up (our member) and took her to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Carl Vinson where she will be kept for 10 days, evaluated and treated.

"We thought the helicopter was going to land right away but instead he circled the property multiple times scoping it out. Then instead, it went out over the basketball court and dropped the rescuer down and he immediately ran across the field to where (she) was on a mattress under a tent. Apparently their circling was to locate her. He then ran directly to the location... The rescue officer did a fantastic job as the helicopter hovered over the grounds. He slid (our member) on to the rescue/lift board... The Americans and our Haitian helpers & translators were right there together and on cloud nine as we saw God answering our prayers in such an exciting and dynamic way. Then after she left we all sang God Bless America."

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