Pilot on mission for patients in the bush
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.
READY FOR TAKE OFF: Pilot Dr Vas Srinivasan and Reginald Fazldeen on board.