RSA patient was stuck in German hospital after developing MRSA infection
Updated 12:14 AM EST, Fri, Jan 30, 2009
As the air ambulance carrying his sick wife touched down at Atlantic Aviation at the airport, Karl Beckett still couldn't believe the love of his life was home.
This was the moment he had been praying for the last three months.
"We’ve never been apart since we've been together. This is the first time we've ever been apart. Thanksgiving, Christmas, all that, it was just horrible," Beckett said.
Laura Beckett had been stuck in a German hospital since November where she developed a debilitating infection while being treated for RSD, a painful nervous system disorder.
Her family, unable to pay more than $71,000 for an air ambulance to bring her home, turned to NBC10.
An anonymous viewer came to the Beckett's aid, and so did many other generous people.
Karl and the couple’s two sons were there as the plane doors opened.Laura’s son Karl said his emotions ran the gamut as he saw the plane come in.
“A little bit of everything. Mixed emotions, excited, happy, a little sad, my heart was racing. I just want her to get her the proper care she needs," said Laura’s son Karl.
The couple's daughter Jillian, who was on the plane and has been by her mother’s side, was overcome with emotion.
The family can't believe so many people, friends and strangers, came forward to help them.
"I had a gentleman come to the door and anonymously give me a check. It was amazing,” said Karl Beckett.
Craig Poliner of Med Escort worked with the anonymous donor and coordinated Laura’s trip home.
"This is something that doesn't happen every day and so it is it's quite remarkable that somebody stepped up...one of your viewers and we were able to get her home,” Poliner said.
"[The donor] hasn't come forward yet, but when he does I’m gonna give him the biggest hug in the world," Karl Jr. said.
Laura can't speak or move her legs or arms, but she knows that she's back home.
The flight crew said everything went smoothly on the return.
She was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors will re-assess her condition.
Of course we'll keep you posted.