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When Ken regained consciousness at 5.30am, he was shocked to find out that he was pinned beneath a bus – the bus that had been carrying 16 other passengers along a remote Northern Territory highway to Darwin before crashing into a ditch.

A passing truck driver alerted the police to the horrific accident. The nearest airstrip was 50km away and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) flew in.

Of the 17 passengers on the bus, 6 required aeromedical evacuation by the RFDS. 3 of them, including a child, who needed higher levels of care were later flown by the RFDS to another hospital for further treatment.

Every single day, in regional and remote areas of Australia, men, women and children are injured in serious accidents or stricken by sudden illness. Many would have almost no hope of getting medical attention if the RFDS wasn’t there at a moment’s notice.

Ken thought he was pretty safe taking a bus trip through the wide open spaces of northern Australia. An accident on the open road can happen to anyone.

The timely response of the RFDS can literally mean the difference between life and death.

As well as providing 24/7 emergency medical services to the Outback, the RFDS helps save lives by providing services such as GP clinics, child and maternal health clinics, mental health programs and dental care.

Last year the RFDS touched the lives of 278,000 people all over Australia. That’s one person every two minutes!

Just as you may rely on us one day, help the RFDS to be there for people like Ken by sending your donation today.