“Having the opportunity to meet and get to know Stephanie was amazing,” said Dee McCluskey, President of MedFlight911. “Her story was a true inspiration to us all, and her grace and courage in a the most difficult of situations were amazing.”
After returning to her home in Virginia by air ambulance, Stephanie defied the odds. “At home, she made an amazing turnaround and survived another year and a half,” explained Dee McCluskey. “For someone who had stage four cancer and had been told she had just six weeks left to live, to have that much more time with her friends and family is just phenomenal.”
Teressa McCluskey said that as a mother herself, and someone who – like Stephanie – works hard to live a healthy lifestyle, she really identified with Stephanie. “Sometimes we have a patient whose story strikes particularly close to our hearts. For me, Stephanie was definitely that person. Rather than accept the U.S. doctor’s prognosis of just six weeks, Stephanie fought the fight as long as she could. It’s inspiring.”
“Medical tourism” – traveling outside the U.S. for medical treatments – is becoming more common. Roughly 750,000 Americans will travel outside the U.S. for medical treatments in 2013, according to Patients Beyond Borders. Individuals like Stephanie leave the United States in order to seek out care that's not available or is more affordable than they can find at home. Many of those medical tourism patients rely on air ambulance companies like MedFlight911 to get them to and from their destinations.
“MedFlight911 has the experience and expertise to assist with international air ambulance transports,” said Dee McCluskey. “We've coordinated numerous air ambulance trips that involve crossing national borders, including for medical tourism, and our team understands the unique
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