My name is Ryan Marie Reed and on October 24, 2004, Mercy Flight saved my life.
I asked my mother "Am I going to die?" - a question that has haunted me ever since.
I heard the EMTs say "She is touch and go. Let's get Mercy Flight in here." I remember opening my eyes briefly, heard the helicopter and saw the sun shining through the windows.
Little Emma, only 13 days old, suddenly had trouble breathing and was rushed to the local hospital. Emma needed specialized care and she needed it now. Emma needed Mercy Flight.
"They saved her life," said Nicole Beecher, Emma's mother. "They don't realize it's a big deal because they do it every day, but it's a big deal to us."
Kirsten opened her eyes and said to herself, "I don't have ceiling tiles in my bedroom. This can't be good."
Kirsten Skeldon and her family rented out a cabin for a weekend trip with friends. On Saturday, February 6th, 2010, they took their two-person snow tube to a hill in the Summit area of Allegany State Park that they had used before. Kirsten and one of her sons, Kohl, were on their way down the hill with Kohl facing forward and Kirsten facing backward when they veered toward a patch of trees.