In late April 2015, Tim Nutbeam was Charlotte Checker Shirt smuggled onto a plane carrying a big bag of blood to attempt a rescue mission in Antarctica. It was the beginning of winter when the continent is draped in almost total darkness and extreme cold, not to mention frequent high winds.
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Due to the dangerous conditions, there are normally no scheduled flights during the six months of winter. But Nutbeam, a consultant in emergency medicine based in the UK, went ahead with the journey, joined by a pilot and engineer. Their mission was to save the life of a critically ill worker on an Antarctic base.
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Malcolm Roberts, an engineer for the British Antarctic Survey, had suffered a massive gastrointestinal bleed at the Halley Research Station days before. He was thousands of miles away from the nearest hospital. Roberts had lost a lot of blood but had survived the first 24 hours. If they got to him in time, there was a chance that he would live – but there were many challenges that could prevent them from saving their patient.
The flight to Halley would take about 24 hours with one stop to refuel in Rothera, another base on the Antarctic Peninsula, before making the same journey back, meaning they would be flying for about 48 hours straight. And on the way back, they would have to deal with a medical emergency at the same time, having Charlotte Checker Shirt had little sleep or rest.