The phone rang at 8am on Sunday morning with an emergency medevac request from Potter’s Village Ministries in the village of Kisoro, near the Rwandan border, a 10-hour drive away.
Eight week old Alex, had a serious heart condition and needed an urgent medical transfer to the Uganda Heart Institute in Kampala.
Story by Matt Eagar
From the office Matt immediately, started making plans for the 75-minute flight - filling flight plans and gathering weather information, whilst pilot Andrew Parker prepared the aircraft.
It always seems a painstakingly long process when there’s am little one’s life at stake, Matt reflected - although the plane was soon in the air.
Stormy weather meant it was touch and go for most of the flight.
Matt passed on frequent weather updates via radio from the MAF office.
Andrew had to deviate 50 miles off course around several thunderstorms and when 20 miles from his destination it looked like he may have turn back due to persistent rain and low cloud.
The pilot pushed on and sure enough came into a clearing eight miles from his destination.
God’s hand over the flight was confirmed as a small break in the clouds opened up allowing the plane to land on the soggy field.
Alex, his mum and a nurse, were quickly loaded and the plane took off as the rain began falling once again.
It took some more zig-zagging around weather to get back to Kampala, but the weather cleared again as they reached their destination.
Matt had a car waiting at Kajjansi airfield to take them directly to the hospital.
God really took care of Alex and the team, that stormy Sunday!
Alex had his heart surgery the following day and has recently been sponsored by a health charity called Chain of Hope to be sent to Germany for further major surgery. This sweet boy has God’s hands over him.
'It was touch and go for most of the flight...God’s hand was confirmed as a small break in the clouds opened up allowing the plane to land' Matt Eagar