- by Caleb Cage
Life is a delicate, fragile thing. Unfortunately, John* found this out the hard way when a tyre on his vehicle burst during a late-night work delivery. His vehicle rolled, leaving him with a head injury and broken neck. Not only did this immediately threaten his life, but also his future ability to walk, talk and lead a normal life.
After the accident, John was taken to a nearby hospital for stabilisation. Unfortunately, due to the extent of his injuries, he required specialist care from a Johannesburg hospital which was hours away by road. Enter ROCKET HEMS, which cut the travel time by 75%. John was flown to Johannesburg successfully where the care he so desperately needed was initiated. He was given hope to get back to his normal life.
While reflecting on this flight, I thought to myself, “Why in the world would I spend the night away from my family to work in the early hours of the morning for some guy I don’t know?” It was bitterly cold. I was tired. Work is hard. But the reason is actually quite simple. Life is delicate and fragile. But it is also incredibly valuable. It is worth making sacrifices for. And so it was a privilege to be part of the ROCKET HEMS team bringing hope to John that night.
*Name changed for confidentiality.