We received a call at 9pm from Sylvester OIC at Rabaraba telling us that a young mother was bleeding, very pale and had fainted in the shower and could we assist. He also had another mother at 38 weeks with baby in transverse position and she needed a Caesar in Alotau. We needed to take both mothers to Alotau.
We needed to leave as early as possible as the bleeding mother’s vital signs were poor. I was half way through a 75-hour maintenance check on the Beaver, so at 4am, we started putting everything back on the Beaver and departed at 7.30am.
Once we arrived at Rabaraba, we loaded the two mothers with one guardian onto the plane and returned to Gurney. The ambulance was waiting for us.
Our young mother was too weak to walk or even sit up and needed a blood and iron transfusion.
Before departing our base for the hospital, Kila gave the mothers both gifts, which brought a smile to their faces and in turn, made us feel happy.