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Helicopter crash involving medical friends

Robert Smith rfsmithmd at comcast.net
Wed Jan 11 00:35:41 GMT 2012


Yes, to me it does.

Sent from my iPad

On Jan 10, 2012, at 6:46 PM, "Gross, Ronald" <Ronald.Gross at baystatehealth.org> wrote:

> Rob,
> Doesn't this speak to ALL who have ever gone to war for a cause that was called "justice" and a notion that was called "patriotism". 
> Ron
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Jan 10, 2012, at 2:39 PM, "Robert Smith" <rfsmithmd at comcast.net> wrote:
> 
>> I never knew that was the origin of "slipped the surly bonds of earth". It brought to my mind the poem by Yeats, though they are not too similar in tone:
>> 
>> An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
>> 
>> I know that I shall meet my fate
>> Somewhere among the clouds above;
>> Those that I fight I do not hate,
>> Those that I guard I do not love;
>> My country is Kiltartan Cross,
>> My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
>> No likely end could bring them loss
>> Or leave them happier than before.
>> Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
>> Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
>> A lonely impulse of delight
>> Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
>> I balanced all, brought all to mind,
>> The years to come seemed waste of breath,
>> A waste of breath the years behind
>> In balance with this life, this death.
>> 
>>                                   William Butler Yeats
>> 
>> On Jan 3, 2012, at 2:42 PM, Blueflightmedic wrote:
>> 
>>> This is called High Flight, and was written by a young US pilot in 1941.
>>> 
>>> Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
>>> And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
>>> Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
>>> Of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
>>> You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
>>> High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
>>> I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
>>> My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
>>> 
>>> Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
>>> I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
>>> Where never lark, or ever eagle flew -
>>> And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
>>> The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
>>> Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
>>> 
>>> - John Gillespie Magee, Jr
>>> 
>>> The story is worth reading:
>>> 
>>> http://www.skygod.com/quotes/highflight.html
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org [mailto:trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org]
>>> On Behalf Of KMATTOX at aol.com
>>> Sent: 27 December 2011 23:33
>>> To: trauma-list at trauma.org
>>> Subject: Helicopter crash involving medical friends
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Over the years much discussion has occurred on this and other web  sites, 
>>> and in many journals regarding air transportation for medical, and
>>> emergency 
>>> medical operations.    Military medical use of air  evacuation and 
>>> transportation is probably totally different than civilian air  ambulance
>>> use.   
>>> 
>>> The latest and tragic loss of life, including two  medical  personnel is no 
>>> less sad and painful than any pervious sudden loss of life  of  medical 
>>> colleagues.    
>>> 
>>> This crash was somewhat different from EMS crashes, in that this  was  a 
>>> organ donor recovery team from Mayo Clinic,  and  they  were being flown in
>>> 
>>> to fly out  immediately with the organs in order  to attempt to  save other 
>>> lives back in   Minnesota.     
>>> 
>>> As tragic as this is, it also begs the issue  about the   way we recover 
>>> donor organs.   Not only is it very complex, it   is  perhaps excessively 
>>> expensive and demanding on   personnel.   There must be  a better   way.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Our condolences go out to all the family and  friends  of  those who  died. 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Kenneth L. Mattox,  MD
>>> Houston
>>> 
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