Coast Guard Medevacs Unalaska Toddler

Tuesday, March 26 2013

A Coast Guard helicopter flew into Unalaska last night to medevac an 18-month-old girl.

The girl had consumed an adult medication that can be toxic to kids. Medical staff at the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services clinic referred the child to Anchorage for additional care.  A Guardian Flight plane was not available locally to take the call, and Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosley says local weather conditions would have prevented a dispatched flight from landing.

That’s when the Coast Guard was called to assist. Mosley says the cutter Rush deployed its MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from its patrol area in the Bering Sea fishing grounds. The helicopter landed in town around 6 p.m., and transported the child and her mother to Cold Bay, where they met a Guardian Flight plane at about 8:45 p.m.

Mosley says the girl was stable when she left the Coast Guard’s care, but he could not provide any additional information about her condition.

JimB on Thursday, March 28 2013:

BZ Coast Guard.

(Unfortunately, there is always someone who just HAS to rain on the parade.)

Sandy on Thursday, March 28 2013:

Thank God for the USCG.. we all need them in our lives!

Where is the Rest of the Story? as Paul Harvey would say on Wednesday, March 27 2013:

So - no one wants to know "how" an 18 month old was able to reach and consume the "adult" medication?? Clinic PA's used to grill me like Elliot and Olivia on Law and Order when I took my son in with a cut....trying to find blame as to why son got hurt and needed a couple drops of dermabond to close a wound. Jeez - if you do not have a car seat or seat belt on a child it is a crime - Yet having toxic medication in a home that an 18 month old is able to reach and consume is OK?

thankful on Wednesday, March 27 2013:

Thank you James for the afterthought. And thank you the Medical staff at the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Coast Guard, and Guardian Flight.

James David Gregory on Wednesday, March 27 2013:

Last I heard about the little girl, she is doing well and should be coming back to Unalaska within the next couple of days. Thank god the Coast Guard was available! Also, great job to the Clinic staff at IFHS!

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