As an emergency specialist at CareFlight, Dr Adam Sroor has been to some terrible accident scenes. His role means he’s been able to help many people in their time of greatest need.
It is not only his patients who have benefited, but also their family members, neighbours and friends; the people who saw the accident and ran to help; those who dragged an unresponsive child from a pool; or those performing CPR on a loved one, pleading for it to work.
“I can tell you that when the helicopter lands and our team arrives, an immediate sense of calm falls upon the scene. The CareFlight crew work swiftly and efficiently, knowing there are only seconds between life and death,” Dr Sroor said.
One can only imagine the horror for a person who is powerless to act as a loved one dies before them.
“I don’t have to imagine it, because I have lived it. I know the sense of helplessness you feel when there is no backup, no-one to step in, no trained professional to take over. It’s the reason I do what I do today,” Dr Sroor said.
“CareFlight has offered me the most amazing opportunity to save lives across Australia.” – Dr Adam Sroor Download the PDF Liftout here
It was after he tragically lost his own grandmother that he decided he wanted to work in emergency care. With no organisation like CareFlight to call upon, he performed CPR on her in the back seat of a car while she was rushed to hospital.
Today, working for CareFlight, Dr Sroor can be right there on scene and make a time-critical decision, or perform a crucial medical intervention, which saves someone’s life.
He can take a hospital level of care, and the latest high-tech medical equipment, to the scene of an accident in minutes, to make sure the patient has the very best chance.
“I don’t see myself as a hero – actually quite the opposite. I love my job. I feel incredibly privileged that I have been given the intensive training that enables me to do it.”
For Dr Sroor, the real heroes in this story are the people who support the amazing work that CareFlight does, the people without whom “this service simply would not exist”.
Thanks to your support, CareFlight can take a hospital level of care, and the latest high-tech medical equipment, to the scene of an accident in minutes, to make sure the patient has the very best chance.