Another success story!
On June 16, 2009, L.A.P.D. Officer Emada Castillo, 39 years old, was involved in a motorcycle accident on June 16, 2009 in Cabo San Lucas. According to the liaison officer for the L.A.P.D., the hospital was asking for thousands of dollars for air transport, hospital, and medical bills to be paid immediately before the release of Emada. The L.A.P.D. contacted Binational Emergency requesting assistance. Because BEMCC maintains contacts with crucial agencies such as American Consulates, Embassies, Police, Rescue teams, air/ground ambulances and Coast Guard stations on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border area, we were able to assist in the transport immediately.
Details of the case are:
This morning @ 5:45 am, Celia Diaz received a phone call from Jose Bahena, Detective and Liaison officer for the L.A.P.D. requesting assistance with the transport of a fellow officer by the name of Emada Castillo. She was 39 years old, was in Cabo San Lucas, and suffered life threatening injuries due to a motorcycle accident. According to Mr. Bahena, she was at a hospital and under the care of a local doctor. The hospital was asking for thousands of dollars for the air transport, hospital, and medical bills that needed to be paid up front immediately.
Celia Diaz told Mr. Bahena that she would call to obtain personal and medical information and would take care of the transport, and not to worry about what they were asking for. Celia then learned that the Cabo San Lucas hospital was requesting thousands of dollars for the hospital bill before the patient was released. They had also arranged for their own air ambulance to transport her back to the U.S. requesting $25,000.00.
Celia then arranged for the hospital bill to be reduces to $4500.00 and called Kaiser Permanente to authorize the air ambulance transport with a U.S. company Aeromedevac. In this way the family did not have to pay any monies up front for the air ambulance transport.
The patient was flown back on June 17,2009 to a trauma center in Los Angeles, CA just in time to go into surgery. According to U.S. doctors, they received the patient in time to save her leg and possibly her life.
BEMCC got involved and obtained the necessary information to coordinate the air evacuation for Emada Castillo, possibly saving her life and thousands of dollars in the process! This is why it is so crucial for Binational emergency to have emergency contacts, personal and insurance information. Refer a friend and become a BEMCC member and we can save you thousands of dollars too!