Aerocare Air Ambulance Blog


Successful Mission- Ill 10-Year-Old Boy Safely To Home To Michigan

April 20, 2016


APRIL 20, 2016 – AeroCare is pleased to announce that 10-year-old Chandyn Thompson is back home in Michigan after a successful air ambulance flight from Tampa, Florida to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Chandyn Thompson

Chandyn had suffered from a brain bleed caused by an arterionvenous malformation (AVM) while on vacation with his parents and sister in Tampa. Chandyn had brain surgery and was stable enough to be transported home. However, the only way to transport him was by fixed-wing air medical transport.

Chandyn before his flight home

The family from Rockford Michigan was trying to raise funds to fly Chandyn home on an air ambulance. AeroCare was informed of their situation and offered to fly Chandyn home at no cost to the family.


Today AeroCare’s medical team made up of VP of Clinical Operations & Nurse Practitioner Becky Werth, Chicago based Chief Flight Nurse Keri Brach, and Scottsdale based Chief Flight Medic Eric Heetland. transported Chandyn on one of AeroCare’s medically-configured Learjet 35A air ambulances, piloted by Florida based Chief Pilot Mario Grajeda, and Director of Operations-Aviation, Captain Charles Werth. Scottsdale based Aeromedical Case Manager Jennifer Etzel-Elaqad coordinated the transport from the beginning and was instrumental in making the transport a success.

The team flew Chandyn to Gerald R. Ford International Airport and then accompanied him to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. VP of Clinical Operations Becky Werth said “Chandyn has been delivered to his PICU where doctors and nurses were on standby to receive him. He did incredibly well in flight and AeroCare extends our thoughts and prayers for Chandyn's recovery.”

AeroCare would like to thank Tampa General Hospital Case Manager Roseanna Rivera who worked tiressly to coordinate the transport on the Florida end. We'd also like to thank Oliver Mueller of Gateway EMS in Florida that provided us with complementary ground transport. And we thank everyone else involved with making this a successful transport.