Children may not have had the opportunity to access specialist healthcare if they didn’t have to go to school. A group of doctors and pilots who volunteer their time to help those in need are helping them.
Little Wings has a volunteer pilot program that brings big-city doctors to the Australian outback. Each Little Wings pilot must have at least 1,000 hours of flying experience.
“What we’re doing is taking any doctor from any hospital out to deliver services,” said Clare Pearson, CEO of Little Wings. “That means that 8,000 nights were spent at the home of little people.”
Little Wings is a non-profit organization that brings doctors to young patients who may otherwise spend days traveling for care.
Emma Young, the mother of one patient, told reporters, “It does not mean a week away from home. It is just one day.”
The program was created during the COVID-19 pandemic when many people, especially children, had no access to medical care.
“Being a low socio-economic population, they don’t have access, they don’t have cars, they don’t have the money so being able to bring the service here has been incredible,” said Rosemary Rose of Pius X Aboriginal Medical Centre.
“For parents, it’s always daunting or stressful that your child might have a heart problem, so to be able to provide the assurances or at least appropriate care or counselling is important,” said Dr. Jascha Kehr, a pediatric cardiologist makes trips to the Outback.
Little Wings reports that it is now flying doctors out to set up clinics six times per week.