Volunteers, professional pilots, founded a flying ambulance to help doctors and patients in remote villages in the Kharkiv region.
Three pilots, who own their private airplanes, organized NGO Civil Air Patrol, headed by the pilot Yuriy Pokusai. The permanent airbase is located in Rokytne village in Novovodolazhsky district. There are also sites for these airplanes in other towns, situated more than 100 km from Kharkiv.
The flying medical patrol can help a doctor reach a patient much faster than an ordinary ambulance. It usually takes no longer than 15 minutes to get by plane to the most remote places while it takes about three hours by car.
The center of emergency and its medical service’s staff inform the pilots when their help is needed. After that, a team of doctors arrives quickly at the airfield and the pilots fly them to the precise location. Patients can also be transported to Kharkiv in case of necessity. The plane has room for three people – a pilot, a doctor and a patient. The transportation is provided free for the patient.
One of the air ambulance’s founders, civilian pilot Olexander Morozov tells that in 2014, together with the second pilot Yuriy, he started helping Ukrainian Army, taking the wounded soldiers from the front line. They also patrolled the forests and roads.
Since 2015, when the Army got their air medical service, the pilots decided to launch a civilian air ambulance in 2016.
During the past year, the volunteers at their own expense saved lives of 31 patients, most of them were children.
The air patrol also helps to find lost children – recently they found in the open field a 4-year-old boy from Krasnopavlivka, Lozovsky district.
Regional officials are planning to help enthusiastic pilots to develop air patrols. The corresponding memorandum has been signed lately.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: Lyudmila Hrubnik, segodnya.ua