75-Year-Old Woman Being Medevacked near Leggett After Traumatic Injury

Reach Air Ambulance Photo used with permission from Southern Trinity Area Rescue

Reach Air Ambulance stock photo. [Image used with permission from Southern Trinity Area Rescue]

At approximately 11:45 a.m. today, a 75-year-old woman was injured at the Leggett Redwood River Resort. She  possibly has a broken leg. Scanner traffic called this a “traumatic injury.” Leggett VFD and other emergency services responded to the scene.

A medevac was dispatched to transport the injured woman to a hospital for further treatment. The helicopter is stationed at a landing zone on Highway 101 at mile marker 101 where Garberville Ambulance is bringing the injured woman

Medical helicopters play a critical role in emergency medical services, especially in remote or difficult-to-access areas. According to the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), air medical services transport approximately 400,000 patients each year in the United States. These services are vital for patients with traumatic injuries, as they significantly reduce transport time to medical facilities, which can be crucial for survival and recovery.

Further details on the woman’s condition and the circumstances leading to the injury have not yet been released. We will provide updates if more information becomes available.

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Zipline
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Zipline
1 month ago

She’s going to have another traumatic injury when she gets the bill.

Mattolian
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Mattolian
1 month ago
Reply to  Zipline

Lifelite insurance is 60$ per yr for a family. Worth it when needed. Best to her and all responders.

Dot
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Dot
1 month ago
Reply to  Zipline

Which is why it’s important to subscribe to our regional air ambulance services , REACH and PHI.
The annual fee is very inexpensive, like $65 per household, each service or thereabouts, and if you live in the remote rural hills here it is worth its weight in gold

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
1 month ago
Reply to  Dot

Also, Cal Or life flight provides regional evacs.

Dusty Spritzwater
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Dusty Spritzwater
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

Just remember the insurance doesn’t mean you can order a flight on your own. It covers expenses if personnel on scene confirm it’s warranted, and all the weather factors and availability align. The insurance often comes into play for secondary transport by fixed wing aircraft also to specialty centers out of the area.
The good news is that last I heard, most if not all of the air ambulance companies serving our area are all covered by a single policy you can buy. It’s great after the fact but doesn’t affect decisions at your emergency.
An air ambulance ride to Eureka was $15,000 fifteen years ago! Also, MediCal should pick up the cost if you qualify.

Zipline
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Zipline
1 month ago
Reply to  Dot

The problem with these services is that they may not be the one called. They do not honor each other’s contracts. Also if the insurance company deems the flight medically unnecessary they won’t pay.

Yabut
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Yabut
1 month ago
Reply to  Zipline

“Reimbursement for seven out of every 10 air medical transports does not cover the cost per transport, as five out of every 10 patients are insured through Medicare or Medicaid, and two out of each 10 are uninsured, according to the AAMS. The result is cost-shifting onto the three out of 10 patients who are commercially insured to offset the low reimbursements for Medicare, Medicaid and uninsured patients. ”
https://www.airmedandrescue.com/latest/long-read/truth-about-air-medical-transportation-costs

Just Saying
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Just Saying
1 month ago
Reply to  Zipline

That’s why you may want to consider purchasing from a consortium of carriers, the more the merrier. AirMedCare has the most carriers for one “membership” than I’ve seen elsewhere.

Friday
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Friday
1 month ago
Reply to  Dot

Do you get to choose your provider, when the medics call for an air evacuation? I had friends with a REACH contract, but it wasn’t REACH that responded, and their insurance was no good.

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago
Reply to  Friday

Well….Now I’m very confused! Your comment stands in opposition to others. I wish somebody could pull together this disparate information into one article and inform us all. This is a very important issue for the rural folk…

Country Joe
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1 month ago
Reply to  Zipline

Good One…

farfromputin
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farfromputin
1 month ago

Best wishes for a full recovery. Thank you LVFD and other responders!

Starry
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Starry
1 month ago

Kyms mothers day article is one of the best ads for air ambulances, not in a bad way, it inspired us to sign up tho we already knew we should. Its become really inexpensive these days.
Its down to around 100 bucks a year for everyone on your parcel.
Without it, its thousands for the chopper ride.

I know folks even 20 years ago.who based where they bought land by where an air ambulance can land safely.

Hope this lady heals up well.

Starry
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Starry
1 month ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

I truly appreciate you posting what must be a traumatic reminder of one of the worst days of you and your familys lives.
Its powerful.
Thank you 🙏

thetallone
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thetallone
1 month ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

On the other hand, it’s kind of like extortion. Pay us $100/year or we will bankrupt you. But we live in a medicine-for-profit society.

Sonia Baur
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Sonia Baur
1 month ago

Actually if you have Medicare it covers this cost (which is how the company can survive). The sad thing is that Medicare does not cover everyone. We need to figure out how we can to get Medicare to cover everyone, so that no one needs to worry about how to pay for their medical care. It could happen!

Antichrist
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Antichrist
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonia Baur

Yeah but bo thank you. I would rather not pay for others care anymore than i already do . When something is handed out for free someone else is paying for it . And while not the case all the time the large majority of people receiving free health care seem to always be going to doctors for this or for that while those that must pay consider the costs before running to the doctor for every little thing .
Once health care becomes single payer you will find a lack of services provided and long wait times and you will start to see things like they see in canada 6 plus month wait times for Mano grams life extending services being limited to those under certain ages etc . Once you reach the age of no longer paying in from every pay check you become a burden and your treatment options shrink rapidly like a pecker in a cold river but dont take my word for it check it our for yourself look what they are trying to do with the mentally disabled ….

I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago
Reply to  Antichrist

You don’t understand that you are already paying for the uninsured by way of higher medical costs for you. MEDICARE4ALL spreads the costs across the whole population and actually lowers the cost to individuals.

Yabut
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Yabut
1 month ago
Reply to  I am a robot

Medicare and the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee have already been responsible for wiping out hospitals across rural American with its one-two punch of mandating expensive standards for care while simultaneously capping the reimbursement to save money. It killed most local private practices too. People here already know that a great deal of the time they have to travel to big cities to get what should be pretty routine care. And if there is a practice here they will be waiting months for an appointment.

Magical MEDICARE4ALL only makes that bugaboo of government cost control by concentrating government largesse where the voters are universal. It’s a socialist fantasy that more government will fix the worst problems of government. Hello? You already pointed out that the insured are already subsidize those who are uninsured. Well they already subsidize those on Medi-Cal and less so Medicare too. If government gets its hands on all medical care, it will ration care one way or another in the name of cost savings. It already does. We live it here daily.

Dusty Spritzwater
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Dusty Spritzwater
1 month ago
Reply to  Yabut

We live in a world where people like Jeff Bezos have a hobby of collecting more money than they can spend. They collect it from you, keep it from the collective citizenship by avoiding taxes that help cover everyone. Some even concentrate their wealth by running the hospitals, selling them drugs, storing your old folks…why would you trust your health with a profit motive?

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago

Hoarders like Bezos should be mocked and soundly criticized. Instead our culture celebrates such predators. We have serious mental issues…

Antichrist
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Antichrist
1 month ago
Reply to  I am a robot

You do not understand that i do not care what i am or am not paying for i do not want one single socialist healthcare system , i think those that do are ones that would never be able to afford the care that they think they would be entitled to , however those of us who can pay for our health care wish to have the options of choice and would like options as what care options are available verses being just another number in some long line of numbers with no one truly giving a dam . Think DMV only for health care as that is how it will be

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago
Reply to  Antichrist

I hear you! Unfortunately our choices come down to 1)Getting fleeced by corporate greed that has taken over our healthcare system or 2) Getting fleeced by inefficient and wasteful government bureaucracy…some would think it’s a losing dilemma either way

Antichrist
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Antichrist
1 month ago
Reply to  Farce

Well when dealing with a private corporation you are more likely to retain your freedoms of choice . When dealing with a government you loose all right to legal recourses as well . Second opinions ? Yeah right try again with single payer systems

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonia Baur

Tulsi Gabbard -although a possible Trump running mate- is in favor of medical coverage for all. Unfortunately the present system makes it the smart move for anybody who can do it to declare a low enough income to be eligible for MediCal. I know a bunch of people with extra rental properties who are able to slip through loopholes and still get MediCal to pay for their expensive medical bills. I want to be angry with them but when medical care w/o MediCal has been so inflated for corporate profits I must admit their strategy is …understandable. These air rescue bills are just another glaring example of why it is “better” to be on MediCal. The insurance system is screwed up!

Antichrist
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Antichrist
1 month ago
Reply to  Farce

Yep good pass it to see what is in it poliesi and thanks a bunch obummer