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Covid, 6-month-old girl awaiting transplant transported from Lecce to Brescia with C130J Aeronautica


A C-130J from the Air Force landed at Brescia Montichiari airport carrying a baby girl of just six months, positive for Covid and in need of an urgent bone marrow transplant. The little patient traveled, together with her mother, also positive, inside a special transportable aviation isolation stretcher, in technical jargon Ati (Aircraft Transport Isolator), assisted by a specialized team of bio-containment of the Air Force composed by doctors and nurses of the Infirmary of Pratica di Mare, the national hub of the Armed Force in the coordination and management of this kind of transport. The prefecture of Lecce requested emergency air transport, which was followed, after coordination with the Italian Patient Evacuation Coordination Cell (Itapecc) of the Operational Command of Vertice Interforze (Covi), which provides advice on patient transportability in this kind of missions, the order to take off from the Operations Room of the Aerospace Operations Command of Poggio Renatico to one of the crews of the 46th Air Brigade ready to take off for this type of intervention. first made a stopover in Pratica di Mare to embark the stretcher and the medical team, and then went to the military airport of Lecce Galatina, home to the flight school of the 61st Wing, whose staff was activated in a very short time to guarantee essential airport services even if on a day that is not normal for the department. Once the stretcher had been loaded, the aircraft left for Montichiari, for the subsequent transfer by ambulance to the Brescia hospital.



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