Headlights are the last things Tiffany Lau remembers seeing before STARS flew to her.
“I don’t know if I reacted too late or if the other driver was going too fast, but I was hit head on,” said Lau, recalling the crash that saw her cared for inside a STARS helicopter.
It was inside the city, close enough to a trauma centre that normal circumstances would have meant a quick trip in a ground ambulance.
“For them to call us would indicate, before we even knew what was going on, that she must have had very serious injuries,” said Pat Jeffery, a STARS flight nurse who was on Lau’s mission.
From the time STARS landed at Lau’s accident scene to the time the helicopter landed at the hospital was just 20 minutes.
“That is amazing,” said Jeffery. “That is not just taking off from the scene. That is landing on scene, getting the patient, transferring her on board, and then flying to the hospital.”
Jeffery was filled with joy to reunite with Lau during the Very Important Patient’s visit to the STARS base.
“You know, you see her smiling there, it really is that validation that we made a difference. That’s why we do this. She doesn’t even need to say anything. Just to see her walking around just makes you feel good that we made a difference in someone’s life.”
Lau gives back every chance she gets at various fundraisers, including appearing in a STARS calendar.
“When I researched how much money and how much funding STARS needs to just lift one helicopter, it surprised me,” she said. “For me to be a part of it, it’s like taking one step to help them. I want to do as much as I can to help.”