Press Release On Thursday, 21st January 2021, Our dispatch centre received a AAA-Response activation from one of our members who reported that there had been a helicopter flying low over their home in the Winterton area in KZN, and soon thereafter, they had heard a crash and the sound of an explosion coming from the
On Thursday, 21st January 2021, Our dispatch centre received a AAA-Response activation from one of our members who reported that there had been a helicopter flying low over their home in the Winterton area in KZN, and soon thereafter, they had heard a crash and the sound of an explosion coming from the direction in which the helicopter had been heading. On closer inspection, the member provided further information and the tragic news that it was Netcare 911, one of our own.
It was not long before we, as a nation, no matter our role, understood the gravity of what was unfolding before our eyes, and so we started to feel the pain, to hurt and to grieve! The hardest part about grief is that there is nothing you can do with it, other than going through the motions. It is not a doing action or something we can fix, and that is what makes it so hard to deal with, and what hurts so much.
There are different stages of grief until you find a place of acceptance which is the last stage. There is no timetable for this, and each person and their path to this is different. Because we empathise and put ourselves in the shoes of others, a common mistake that is made is to say that we understand what someone is going through, because we have had a similar experience in our mind. This is incorrect because while we might identify, we simply cannot be inside someone’s heart, soul, and mind, and feel what they are feeling, or understand how a person connects to the loss.
The word acceptance needs to be unpacked. It is not meant in the sense that “it’s okay that he or she died”, but rather a feeling of “I’m going to be okay.” In this stage, the emotions may begin to stabilise. A grieving person will start to re-enter reality. Naturally, we have good and bad days, and because we love, we also hurt.
Netcare 911 have released the identity of the fallen heroes as:
Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane
Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu
Specialist Cardiothoracic and Transplant Theatre Nurse
Sinjin Joshua Farrance
Advanced Life Support Paramedic
Pilot National Airways Corporation.
Across the country, there have been many gatherings to acknowledge our fallen heroes. In this time of grief, let us be reminded of what remarkable feats the team have achieved. I wanted to ensure we send all our warmth, love, care and stillness to the direct family members reading this, that you may know that as a nation your loved ones have saved countless many of us. Know that no amount of tears from a grieving nation can be compared to the amount of greatness achieved, and the number of priceless lives saved in the process. We are all grieving in different ways. To our fallen heroes, we salute you.
KZN Netcare 911 Air Ambulance Launch.
On 1 December 2018 you will remember that as a province we all committed to working hard to ensure that both the Starlite VCAT-7 (NPO) and Netcare Flight Operations would be sustainable, that we worked towards getting 24/7 support with a focus on the medical side first. This was because we had had many stop-starts and many service providers with great ambitions, but to keep the numbers and unity of all role-players in balance at the core has been the primary reason for our success and failure of flight operations.
The incredible men and friends to our nation who are responsible for this success, that has the most enormous leadership weight to carry are Craig Grindell, Managing Director along with the extensive executive and management teams in signing off the project and getting it to where it is.
Under the most trying circumstances and in the midst of the nations grieving, I wanted to make sure that we can all reflect on the priceless lives saved and those lost, the bedrock commitment from Netcare 911 – the naturally gifted, passionate, and highly skilled team members, and lastly the results of this combination which cannot be quantified.
Total Flights Hrs : 1005.3
Total Patients Flown : 868
Total Day Flight Hours : 614.8
Total Night Flight Hours : 389.3
The number of kilometers flown since inception: 217,144.8 km
That is equivalent to flying around the earth along the equator 5.5 times.
Netcare 911 has backed our Together SA CAN (NPO) family from day 1, with a now almost 19 year partnership. The KZN Netcare Air Ambulance Project is now 25 months down the line, and the results for the province speak for themselves.
Thank you to Anthony for capturing this fitting KZN tribute:
In love, light, dreams and tunnel-vision passion!
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