Mercy Medical Airlift Offers Potentially Life-Saving Help For Victims of Boston Marathon Bombing and Explosion in West, Texas

11:34 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- After this extremely tough week, it's time for some good news. 

An organization in our area is offering some crucial help to the victims of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, and the victims of Wednesday's  explosion in West, Texas, and it's something you might not even think of. 

Mercy Medical Airlift is a non-profit that offers critical flights to hospitals for free. And it's exactly that help that so many of the victims of this week's tragedies might need too. So, they're pitching in.

It's something that harpist Astrid Walschot-Strapp of Frederick, Maryland is thankful for. 

Without Mercy Medical Airlift, her 4-year-old daughter Eliana might not be here today. She explains, "She was born with a severe heart defect. She had a stroke, and 3 operations." Walschot-Strapp says she found a doctor in California who could give her a life-saving operation but they needed help to get there, "They were able to fly here and we didn't know if she would make it but she did." 

Edward Boyer founded the non-profit. He says they've provided 100,000 flights in their existence. Some people don't even realize this kind of service is needed. "There's far more required for that kind of thing than most people realize."

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