I was on my way to Miami to be under the care of the best physician in the country to treat spinal cord injuries… Dr. Barth Green a neurosurgeon with quite an impressive resume. He was located at Jackson Memorial Hospital. For the best chance of success, Green and his team wanted me to make the transition quickly. With no time to waste considering my condition, the mode of transportation had to be a Learjet, which was specifically equipped for emergency medical transport. Only having a hospital gown and a halo with me and no TSA to deal with, me and my stretcher were carefully loaded on the jet. On board amenities included specialized and trained EMS personnel, including the pilots and the person caring for me in-flight. My friend Ann Marie came on the jet with me as well. I think Ann Marie was disappointed that they did not offer her a pre-flight cocktail.
Flight time was 1 hour and 30 minutes to Miami. Just so there’s no confusion, Jackson Memorial Hospital is definitely not located on South Beach. The halo would have given me awful tan lines anyway.