Stories from the Community

From Sean K. in Shropshire

I was skiing in America March 2013, staying in Sunday River. While I was skiing, the pole went into my ribs. I went straight to hospital and on the way I was told I had 3 broken ribs, a punctured lung and my heart wasn't working properly. I also had problems breathing. I had 7 injections in the ambulance: 3 drips, 2 blood samples and 2 injections. There were tubes coming out of my arms everywhere. I was taken into a helicopter and there I met flight nurse Jackie Turcotte. I had no t-shirt or anything. All I was wearing was a pair of joggers. I was freezing. My temperature went down a bit but not too much. We landed at a hospital where the doctors were amazing. They gave me a new t-shirt, socks, shoes and a hat. I was all snuggled up. I got home last week with a lot of bruising and cuts but not so much that I couldn't do anything. I was in pain for 3 or so days but after that the swelling went down and all I am left with is bruising and cuts which are healing. Jackie Turcotte sent me a calender of the helicoptor I travelled in and a little card wishing I was all good. Thank you to everyone that looked after me and for everything you all did for me.

From Bruce S. in Stockton Springs

I know of at least three friends and family members that are with us today due to the swift transport and fine care given after heart issues required critical care at EMMC in Bangor. Thank you for all you do.

From Lisa A. in Hollis center

I was out running errands with my dog, Emma and was hit head-on by a sleeping driver. I don't remember anything after my last errand and woke up three weeks later at Maine Med's SCU unit. I lost my Emma in the accident and was injured badly and still am recovering and having surgeries from my injuries sustained in that life-changing accident. I owe my life to the Alfred/Waterboro fire department, the York Country Sheriffs dept.,Lifeflight of Maine, and the staff at MMCs level one trauma Center. My family and I don't have the words to express how grateful we are for you all! Truly a gift from God! We love you all!

From Bill S. in Brunswick

As an EMT in Midcoast Maine, my team worked with LF to save the life of a teenager trapped in his car after hitting a tree at high speed. The team effort, the professionalism of LF's critical care medics and nurses and the superior responsiveness made the difference. Tom Judge and his entire team deserve Maine's highest accolade for service above and beyond. We called and they came.

From Lynne M. in Harrison

Father's Day 1999 my son was en route to his see his Dad. He was hit by a semi ..LF was called son would NOT have survived a road transfer ...through the efforts of the first responders, LF and CMMC my son survived ! I now have 4 just two weeks old !! The LifeFlight crew are our 'earthly' ANGELS .... THANK YOU !!!!!!!

From Jaime P. in Rockland

I am very thankful for the Life flight crew. Jeremy Nadeau and his team members showed up when my father-in-law was in a local hospital. He was near death and the doctors that had been working on him were all out of ideas as to how to help him and had told us that there was nothing more that could be done until he made it to a larger hospital. When Jeremy Nadeau showed up he went into the ER room that my father-in-law was in and started sharing ideas about how things could be done differently, which was a breath of fresh air to not only myself and my family but also the doctors seemed to appreciate it. He was openly communicating with us in regards to his status.

The crew made a nightmare a little more bearable. Not only did they have the helicopter ready to go but they also had a crew prepared in an ambulance since there was some fog. I felt at peace once they were around. The hospital room that my father in law was in was the same room that my mother in law had passed away in less than 2 months prior so the deja vue and chaos of the night had really taken its toll on all of the family. Jeremy made sure that I was prepared for what could happen on the ride but also explained his experience and his crews, and let me know that he was in good hands. As he was bringing my father in law out to the helicopter he made sure to get me so I could give him a kiss and tell him I love him in case he didn't make it to Massachusetts. I will forever be grateful for the amount of compassion that was expressed by the LifeFlight team. They are a group of amazing people!

From Scott S. in Wading River, NY

I was hiking with my family and our dogs in Alna, ME when we came to a waterfall. We stopped to take pictures and the next minute I'm lying headfirst on top of a rock. My girlfriend stayed with me while her sister went for help. I don't remember much but the next thing I know, I'm in a LifeFlight helo headed toward Lewiston...CMMC. Turned out, I had a subdural hematoma and a fractured clavicle. If it wasn't for my family, the EMS teams at the site and most importantly, the LifeFlight crew, I don't think I'm telling this story. Thank you for providing such an awesome service.