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Flight for Life is the heartstopping account of one of the most gripping rescue missions in African history. Told by a doctor involved in saving the lives of Nigerian workers who became victims of a tragic American chemical company explosion; Dr. Stewart and his colleague moved mountains and cut red tape to fly patients to a premiere burn center in the United States.At the time of the S. C. Johnson Company chemical plant explosion in 1982, there were no burn care centers in Africa. Its hospitals lacked the most basic accommodations for burn victims and would usually sedate anyone who was badly burned until they died. When the S. C. Johnson Companys foreign subsidiary, based in Lagos, Nigeria, had a ruptured butane gas line that exploded, burning the skin and clothing of twentynine Nigerian employees, the company began a race against time to help the victims of the catastrophe. Teaming up with the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center, S. C. Johnsons executives, and the U.S. embassies in England and Nigeria, Dr. Stewart (Johnsons corporate medical director) converted a DC10 airliner into an intensive burncare flying hospital, staffed by a London medical team to keep the patients alive during the elevenhour transatlantic crossing through an unexpected and dangerous storm at sea. This reallife rescue narrative illuminates the heroic lengths dedicated individuals will go to when lives are at stake.

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