Mission 423 Report
September 2016

This is a report for Mission 423 by Grace on Wings.

Departure:  Lewiston, Maine
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 2, 2016

Mission Report

While on shutdown from Chrysler, Ryan and a buddy decided to ride their motorcycles from Indiana to Maine. It was during their trip that Ryan was involved in an accident. His buddy was about 500 feet ahead of Ryan when he saw the accident happen in his rear view mirror. 

Ryan suffered some very serious injuries ranging from fractures to brain injury as he was not wearing his helmet. His wife Jenny flew out immediately to Maine to be with him and has been there ever since.

We arrive at the hospital and the staff has done a great job of making sure he is ” flight” ready. As we entered the hallway leading to his room there must have been 12 staff all waiting as one said ” here they are” in reference to us. They had each played a role in assisting with the planning of this moment. 

Several approached us and introduced themselves, thanking us for coming to take Ryan back home. Many hugs, tears and goodbyes were shared by the staff and family prior to our departure. It was evident that Jenny was more than ready to get back home despite the bittersweet goodbyes.

Ryan has improved quite a bit since his initial accident but still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. He tolerated the flight well as we did what was necessary to keep him comfortable. 
On occasion he would open his eyes and look toward the window. I am not sure if he realized exactly what was going on but it was a beautiful day to fly. 
We allowed Jenny to rest. She was very exhausted and looking forward to sleeping in her own bed once again. 
She and Ryan have been married for 22 years and have 3 sons ranging in age from 16 to 22 years old. They also own and manage their own cab company in their hometown. She has definitely had a lot on her plate with Ryan’s recent accident.

As we landed in Indianapolis Jenny breathed a huge sigh of relief as she was finally back in her home state. 

We took Ryan to the rehab center where they were anticipating his arrival and were greeted by his nurse and staff. After we prayed Jenny began to sob and thank us again for getting both her and Ryan back home. 
As we left she was waiting on some friends who would stay with Ryan so that she can go home a get a good night sleep to begin fresh tomorrow. 
She promised she would keep us updated on his progress and that she also plans to take him back to the hospital in Maine so that he can “walk” onto the unit there and personally thank all of those who have cared for him.


Thank you to Hal, Chad and Laurie for sharing this mission with me. May the God of grace and peace be with you

Many blessings

Shelli Engle RN

Grace on Wings 

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