PHOENIX (KSAZ) - An Arizona man is saving thousands of lives, half way around the world, because of his float plane company.
Mark Palm and his family have spent more than a decade in Papua New Guinea, supplying medical access to people in remote parts of that island. For Palm, life is about helping those who can't help themselves.
"I remember this one flight, in particular, where we got this call from a mother with twins, got a nurse rushed out there. A lady came with a breached birth, and while we were there, another lady came up in a canoe, she had twins breached as well. So, what an amazing flight to be able to bring both mothers in," said Palm, Co-Founder and President of Samaritan Aviation. "All four babies lived, and we're able to save six lives in one flight."
The planes get packed with medical supplies, and can help patients get care.
"The only hospital for the whole entire area, there's 220,000 people that live on this river, and the only hospital is about a 45 minute flight for us each way." said Palm. "These are bush houses," said Palm. "They don't have electricity. They don't have running water. They don't have clean water."
It takes a tremendous amount of undertaking to help the helpless.
"The reality is that we can't do it without people coming alongside us and helping us, allow this free lifesaving service to the people in the remote areas of Papua New Guinea," said Palm.
The plane is on display at Falcon Field on Wednesday, until 8:00 p.m.