Gunshot victim saved by IV fluid on MAF flight

Gunshot victim saved by IV fluid on MAF flight

The night before a flight to northern Chad MAF received a call from the surgeon at Bardaï hospital with an urgent request for IV fluid.

Dr. Mark Hotchkin was treating a gunshot victim and had managed to patch the patient's perforated bladder and small intestine - but with a dwindling supply of IV fluid, the situation was touch and go.

He requested as much IV fluid as we could put on the almost-full flight.

Four boxes of fluid arrived at the MAF hangar at N'Djamena Airport at 6 am the next morning. After a couple of unnecessary seats were removed, the Ground Ops team managed to get all the IV fluid on board in time for the flight later that day.

A five-hour flight later and the IV fluid arrived in Bardaï. It was quickly unloaded and taken straight to the hospital where Dr. Hotchkin was able to administer it to the patient.

The next day Dr. Hotchkin reported that the patient was doing much better. 'The IV fluids were used straight away, and without them, the patient would not have survived,' he said.

'The IV fluids were used straight away, and without them, the patient would not have survived.' Mark Hotchkin