Pi­lot on mis­sion for pa­tients in the bush

Western Times - - BEST OF THE WEST - Ellen Rans­ley Ellen.Rans­ley@west­ern­starnews.com

IT WASN’T just any plane tak­ing off from Dir­ran­bandi on Mon­day morn­ing, as lo­cal res­i­dent Regi­nald Fa­zldeen took to the skies for his third An­gel Flight.

With the help of Sun­shine-coast based or­tho­don­tist Vas Srinivasan, Mr Fa­zldeen was es­corted to and from Toowoomba hospi­tal, where he was due for a scan.

Mr Fa­zldeen is no stranger to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, and ex­pressed his thanks to the ser­vice.

“This will be my third time with An­gel Flight; I’ve been to Bris­bane for heart surgery, fly­ing from St Ge­orge on a transport plane.

“The other one was from the air­port here in Dir­ran­bandi and that time was also to Bris­bane.”

Due for eye surgery, Mr Fa­zldeen did not want to drive the long dis­tance to hospi­tal.

“I didn’t want to drive to Toowoomba with my eyes, they’re a bit blurry,” Mr Fa­zldeen said.

“My doc­tor said we’ll get you an An­gel Flight up and back home in one day.

“They look af­ter you pretty well, all the way,” he said.

The re­turn flight from Dir­ran­bandi to Toowoomba took about four hours, a stark dif­fer­ence to the 10-hour round-trip by road.

PHOTO: VAS SRINIVASAN

READY FOR TAKE OFF: Pi­lot Dr Vas Srinivasan and Regi­nald Fa­zldeen on board.

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