To the editor:
I was so happy to hear that the hospital helipad will be there for those who have a life or death need. I hope that this will be a permanent sevice for our community and those visitors unfortunate enough to require a speedy transfer from Barton Hospital to Washoe Med. This service is vital and should not be discontinued for any reason. My family has had the unfortunate experience of needing a care flight in the recent past. Our son, Robby and his girlfriend , Christina were struck by a drunk driver in Kingman Arizona on October 1, 2000. Sadley, Christina died at the scene, but Robby, who sustained many major injuries was taken to the Kingman hospital and flown by helicopter to the UMC trauma unit in Las Vegas later that night when his injuries were determined to be very critical. Had helicopter ambulance service not been available he may well not have survived. We are so grateful every day that this service was available for our son. It is one of the very big reasons that he is here today. For those of you who think there is a good reason for this service to be dicontinued, think again. I hope You never need a helicopter to take you or a loved one from here to Reno, but if you do, you will be on your knees thanking someone for this vital service. By the way, for those who are interested, Robby continues to improve daily. He has another surgery scheduled for March 1. This will be surgery number five. He is attending the community college and can once again be seen around town with friends. We want to thank everyone for their kindness, concern, and most of all prayers during this most difficult time. Please, please, please, keep that helipad open.
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This past year has been a rollercoaster for the Lake Tahoe region. As the coronavirus pandemic dragged on, undeterred visitors continued to flock to the area.