(Toronto, April 13, 2016) – Multiple news crews were waiting for Fox Flight’s Lear-35 air ambulance when it touched down at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport just after 10:00 p.m. on April 12, returning from Trinidad. The successful patient transfer marked the end of a harrowing two-week ordeal for Toronto’s Elissa Antonio that sparked a massive online fundraising campaign and attracted intense local media attention.
Antonio was on holiday visiting relatives on the Caribbean island on March 28 when the unthinkable happened. While wandering at night through the brush in search of firewood for a bonfire, Antonio plunged over the edge of a 12-metre (40-foot) cliff to the beach below. Although the 40-year-old mother of two was lucky to be alive, she sustained severe injuries in the fall, including a fractured pelvis, a broken ankle and a fracture sacrum, which is the bone that connects the spine to the pelvis. Antonio was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors determined that she needed surgery, but the small facility was not equipped to address her most serious injuries. To make matters worse, Antonio had opted not to purchase travel insurance prior to her trip, meaning she would be stranded in Trinidad until funds could be raised for an emergency medical evacuation back to Canada. Read More