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MedFlight Patients Meet Flight Crews Who Saved Their Lives

Boston MedFlight helps more than 4,600 patients every year. That breaks down to about 12 people a day.

On Sunday, some of those patients got to reconnect with the pilots, paramedics and nurses who helped save their lives during a “reunion day” celebration in Bedford.

“Last year, I had a stomach aneurysm and was MedFlighted to Brigham and Women’s on April 5,” said Anthony Anzalone, of Pembroke. “They saved my life, and this is a great program to come back and show them my appreciation.”

“We do do followup but to get to see someone walking, talking and back to the way things should be makes it a very special day,” said Boston MedFlight pilot Linda Colarossi.

Peter Jaffe and his family felt a lot better about their second encounter with a Boston MedFlight helicopter than their first.

The Marblehead native was first in one after he suffered a critical head injury during a men’s league softball game.

“I pitched (and) a line drive came up and hit me in the side of the head,” Jaffe said.

“I flew in the helicopter with him into Boston, and I was very thankful to Boston MedFlight for getting us in quickly,” said his wife, Alexandra Jaffe.

While many associate Boston MedFlight with its blue helicopters, it also has a fleet of airplanes and ambulances.

“We actually do critical care (on the) ground, too. Most folks don’t realize that, and it’s actually nurses and paramedics taking care of you in all of our vehicles,” said CEO Maura Hughes.

Boston MedFlight partners with area hospitals, but it is a nonprofit organization. Donations are welcome to help keep its life-saving mission alive.

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