Last chance for a critical patient

Barcelona, ​​October 4, 2023


On September 2023, we carried out a secondary transfer of a 45-year-old patient from Senegal to Spain.

Status report

The patient was a patient with a history of pleural tuberculosis in 2016 and COVID-19 lung disease in June 2023.

Currently, the patient was admitted to the intensive care unit in Senegal with a requirement for invasive mechanical ventilation since September 9 with a diagnosis of diffuse lung disease without associated organ failure.


Preparation for the transfer

The collection of information was quite difficult, the language barrier, the disparity of pathophysiological concepts for the diagnosis and treatment of the pathology to be treated and the availability of resources at the destination, made it difficult to diagnose the patient’s real situation.

With the information collected, we defined that the patient was a 45-year-old patient with a history of acute lung disease and who was currently experiencing adult respiratory distress syndrome with persistent hypoxemia and hypercapnea, associated with pneumothorax of the right lung field without associated organ failures.

The day before departure, at the Aeromedical and Marine TRI facilities, we held a mission briefing based on the information collected at the time. Transfer decision, modality, requirements, etc. a check of electromedicine and supplies, including verification via checklist of medication and consumables as well as testing of electronic equipment, batteries and connections to an electrical source.

Already at the airport we transfer electromedicine and supplies to the aircraft, we check respirator connections and electrical connectivity to the aircraft stretcher.


Crew briefing

Pilots present flight plan, schedules, flight profile, safety measures.

Aeromedical personnel raised the secondary transfer situation, aircraft requirements for the transfer, updating information on the patient’s global situation and the family and hospital environment.

We arrived at the airport in Senegal without incident. The transfer picked us up on time and took us to the hospital where the patient was for an assessment prior to the transfer.

Once there we prepared to enter the intensive care unit, we corroborated the information previously received but the severity of the situation was underestimated by the unit’s treating staff.

This was a 45-year-old patient with a history of acute lung disease who was currently experiencing adult respiratory distress syndrome with refractory hypoxemia and a large bronchopleural fistula.



On October 23, early in the morning, we met on the tarmac with the ambulance that brought us the patient from the ICU. The patient was in the same condition as the night before. The ambulance doctor told us that the patient spent the entire night awake, struggling with mechanical ventilation and having an oxygenation crisis.

Before boarding the aircraft, we explained to the patient that we would put him to sleep and that we were going to travel by plane to another country to help resolve his condition.

We did a quick briefing of the crew, pilots and aeromedical personnel, we explained to the ambulance and runway personnel the steps to follow for the transfer. We established an action plan.

We performed deep sedation and neuromuscular blockade on the patient, then we transferred electromedicine. We optimized mechanical ventilation and quickly obtained respiratory improvement.

Once on the plane we conditioned all the devices, vascular access, respiratory orotracheal tube and pleural drainage, we replaced fixations, we sanitized the oral cavity that had large pressure ulcers from the oral device. Bladder and nasogastric tube.

During the transfer we reinforced prophylactic anticoagulation and stimulate a diuretic rhythm. We reinforced corticotherapy.

Finally, after 7 hours 50 minutes, requiring a stopover in the Canary Islands to supply fuel and oxygen, we arrived in Madrid. We transferred her to an ambulance that took her to the ICU at her destination without incident.


Final diagnosis

1) ARDS with refractory hypoxemia

2) Bronchopleural fistula



Successful Repatriation to Northern Ireland

Hello again, dear friends,

from Aeromedical and Marine, we feel very proud and satisfied that Dr Monica Fortea has carried out a new successful repatriation collaborating with 247 Aviation. We share through the blog the comments of the Fallon family about the operation to return to Northern Ireland

We are very happy to have been part of the repatriation process for Chris Faloon, who suffered an accident during his holidays in Portugal.

Chris is already in his city, after the family started a collection process to start the repatriation.
We wish them a speedy recovery and share their story on our blog as one more case of a successful repatriation.

Here you can see the news published by the press about the case:

Here are the family’s comments through a publication on the social network Facebook. This is the transcript of the message:

Next stop, Northern Ireland!! Don’t think anyone has  ever been so happy to get home from their holidays!
This wouldn’t have been possible without the support from everyone back home and with saying that we would once again like to thank each and every person with our whole hearts for your help! ❤️

Many Thanks,

Chris and the Faloon Family 


In this LINK you can see the Facebook post

Thanks to you Chris and family.

Aeromedical and Marine TRI, Team



The Difficulties of Working as an Escort in a Context of Diplomatic Conflict. Mission to Russia – 2023

In each mission the medical escort finds himself far from the comfort and safety offered by the cockpit of the air ambulance.

Although the operational office organizes as many things as possible in advance for a patient transfer abroad, the escort always has to be able to call on his/her human, social, individual and professional resources.

Those powers of persuasion in the field are all the more exacerbated in a context of diplomatic tension. Indeed, the medical escort doesn’t only have to deal with the patient but also with his environment.

All the steps involved in a commercial repatriation are already cumbersome in ordinary circumstances. They become even more so when the transfer is to a destination country in conflict with the zone of origin, i.e. RUSSIA.


Under a contract signed with a children’s hospital in Catalogna, the medical escorts of AEROMEDICAL AND MARINE TRI, are in charge of returning terminally ill children back to their country of origin.

In this case, the child was a Russian baby who needed to be brought back home in Russia.

During the whole transfer, the child needed respiratory assistance with oxygen, via the Portable Oxygen Concentrator as well as the aspiration process.


The first issue was to find one escort authorized to cross the Russian border. Fortunately, one member of the team was of Argentinian origin, a country still tolerated by the Russian diplomatic services.

All measures had to be taken with the various diplomatic services to guarantee the safety of the patient, his or her relative and of the medical escort.

Besides, each appropriate form also had to meet the requirements of the Russian consular services.

The second issue was to find a carrier willing and accepted to travel to Russia. And there aren’t many of them.

All Russia’s European neighbors have closed their borders with the country. The only country enabling a flight to Russia was Serbia. But transiting through Serbia considerably lengthened the journey and the wait of the baby. Useless to remind that time was a very precious thing for the young little patient. Our escort had to carry on taking care of the little patient, assisting him with respiratory support during 14 hours.

The third issue was to find a GA willing to accept passengers from Europe. Fortunately, in that case, the family already on site decided to fetch the mother and child directly from the airport to home.


For obvious reasons we mainly think about the patient’s health, security and well-being first. But don’t we forget the safe return of the escort who has been utterly involved in the patient’s safe flight. Going back home was a journey neither pleasant nor easy. Our escort had to make a stopover in Armenia where the local government had prohibited the medication that we were carrying.

But fortunately, the persuasiveness of our escort convinced the authorities to let him have the medicines.

Generally, the operational desk can organize and forecast many details and issues that might occur during an evacuation. But the escort is far away and alone on the ground. Everything relies on his/her resources to get by in any adversary circumstances, but also on his dedication to his/her patient.

When a child’s life is at stake, no matter what diplomatic conflicts overtake us. We, modest citizens of whatever nationality, will do everything for their patient, and in particular for the right to die with dignity, once at home.

Repatriation Mission of a Paediatric Patient from Bed to Bed

We are very glad to inform about the successful repatriation mission of a paediatric patient from bed to bed. This was a mission that required meticulous planning, coordination, and execution to ensure the safe and timely transfer of the patient.

The mission involved a young patient who required specialized paediatric care. 

To ensure a successful transfer, from Barcelona to Abu Dhabi, a team of medical professionals and support staff of Aeromedical and Marine TRI, was assembled to manage the mission. 

The team worked closely to coordinate the transfer and ensure that all necessary medical equipment and supplies were available at the destination, always advised and in constant communication by us Medical Director and our Chief Flight Nurse.

The transfer was carried out with precision and efficiency, and the patient was safely transferred. 

Throughout the transfer, the patient was monitored closely to ensure their safety and comfort.

The successful repatriation mission is a statement to the dedication, professionalism, and teamwork of the Aeromedical and Marine TRI professionals and support staff involved.

Thank you all for this successful mission. 


Dr. Fortea attended ‘Music for Ukraine in Barcelona’

Dr. Monica Fortea. CEO of Aeromedical and Marine TRI, attended the Barcelona club The Wild Bunch that hosted the special reception last Tuesday, an initiative organized by the business club itself, with its owner Oriol Bueno at the helm, and the British consulate in Barcelona with the intention to create a movement to attract contributions from pharmaceutical companies and hospital operators to Ukraine.

Dr. Monica had the opportunity to have a quick introduction with the General Consul of Ukraine in Barcelona, ​​Artem Vorobiov, as well as other of his counterparts in the city representing Switzerland, Belgium and Poland, as well as with representatives of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and Cooperación Internacional.

Dr. Fortea, representing Aeromedical and Marine TRI, and HUGC, has been able to understand first-hand the immediate needs of Ukraine and to collaborate with the initiative. The event ended with an emotional recital by the Ukrainian pianist Oksana Pavlova, who performed songs by Chopin, Debussy and Ukrainian composers.




Successful Medevac Mission from Gran Canary Islands to Copenhagen

Aeromedical and Marine Training and Rescue International is pleased to have successfully completed the transfer of a patient from Grand Canary Islands to Copenhagen on a commercial airline.

The repatriation has been successfully achieved

Actor on the Spanish soil, our team is as close as possible to your patients when they stay in Spain and need to find their loved ones back in a European country.

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Training skills on critical situations in fixed-wing aeromedical environment

The Aeromedical and Marine team has travelled on January 19 and 20, 2023, to carry out training at the La Seu d’Urgell – Andorra airport, where they have been able to carry out a set of simulations in charge of SimAirlec with the direction of Dr. Christophe Bombert.

Exciting and very interesting non-technical training skills on critical situations in fixed-wing aeromedical environment between Aeromedical and Marine and SimAirlec.

Thanks to Dr. Christophe Bombert, head of training of  SimAirlec and nurse Sophie for the training on high fidelity simulator to medical professionals.

Also, we’re very glad to wear the @stephanh_flightsuits flight suits, which are very comfortable for our medical tasks inside the aircraft.

This training was performed in the @aeroport_andorra of La Seu d’Urgell with PHSaviation airplane and their fantastic pilots that also has participated in the training ✈️



Dakar - Rome

Repatriation Mission / Dakar – Rome