Over the New Year holiday, Stenseth decided to cap off a mission trip to Thailand with a personal trip to Bali. While sightseeing in an outdoor market, Stenseth tripped on a boulder in the road and broke her hip. A local ambulance ferried her to an Indonesian hospital. It was the last place she wanted to have the surgery she needed. “Immediately I thought, `My gosh, this is what this membership is for´,” said Stenseth.
“Not only did we get Mary to where she needed to be, but having this membership saved her over $125,000,” said Sam Jackson, of Air Ambulance Card.
While many air evacuation plans would have transported her only to the “nearest appropriate facility,” which in this case would likely have been a two-hour flight to Singapore, Air Ambulance Card transported Stenseth to the hospital of her choice. Stenseth wanted to be treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a 26-and-a-half-hour trip from Bali. “We even made a fuel stop in my hometown of San Jose,” said Stenseth, “but it was important to me to have the surgery at Mayo.”
Mary Stenseth San Jose, CA December 12, 2014