"Thank You, STARS!"
Josh Bhikoo, 32
STARS Very Important Patient (VIP)
Nobody expects to have a heart attack at the age of 31, especially when they are healthy and active. Josh Bhikoo had a hard time believing it when he regained consciousness at the Drumheller Hospital while a team of medical professionals stood over him.
It was September 28, 2011 when Josh first went to the hospital suffering from chest pain and was diagnosed with pneumonia. He went back to the hospital later that day, where he collapsed. A decision was made to call STARS to transport him to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Josh later learned that decision likely helped save his life. "The medical staff told me 20 minutes was the difference in life or death for me," says Josh.
Josh was on life support for the next nine days and awoke on the 10th day. His recovery from that point was fairly seamless as he slowly began increased physical activity.
Upon arriving back home in Drumheller, Josh soon witnessed the STARS helicopter on another mission and decided to get involved. He says it's the least he can do. "Everyone knows somebody touched by STARS," he says. "For me, they were there when I needed them."
Andrea Robertson, STARS President & CEO
"The patients are what STARS is all about. Hearing their stories brings their experiences closer to home, and generates overwhelming feelings of hope. Without a doubt, our VIPs (Very Important Patients) inspire me each and every day."
Your Support Helps Save Lives
STARS VIPs (Very Important Patients)
JORDAN FRASER, 11
Jordan was flown from Red Deer Regional Hospital to Foothills Medical Centre on Feb. 4, 2012 following an accident on a ski hill. "Whenever I see the bright red helicopter in the sky I tell all my friends and my little brother about how important the helicopter is."
BRENDA SCHULTZ, 38
Brenda was flown on Sept. 4, 2011 from Alder Flats to University of Alberta Hospital. She was paralyzed in a fall off a deck. "I'm so thankful to STARS that they were there to get me to the hospital as fast as possible."
SHALYN DROVER, 22
Shalyn was transported from north
of Grande Prairie to QEII Hospital on Jan. 14, 2011 following a motor vehicle collision. "STARS saved my life. If the helicopter wasn't available I never would have made it to the hospital on time."
STARS Mission is a team effort and you are part of the team!
Since 1985, STARS has flown more than 23,000 missions throughout Alberta and communities in eastern British Columbia. We work closely with our partners in emergency services assisting in the care and transport of critically ill and injured patients.
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