Heartfelt gift

 The
Cayman Heart Fund recently presented an automated external defibrillator to
Cayman Brac, partly in thanks from the chairman of the fund, Suzy Soto, who had
some Brac heroes to thank for medical treatment she received.

Mrs.
Soto and David Dinner, director of the Cayman Heart Fund, presented the
defibrillator to Erbin Tibbetts, Marine Parks Enforcement Officer, and Cayman
Brac member of the Legislative Assembly Moses Kirkconnell. 

Mrs.
Soto recounted the tale of her stormy transfer from Little Cayman to Cayman
Brac during a medical emergency, which she said demonstrated the compassion,
reliability, and fearless determination which is a signature of all Cayman
Brackers.

“While
in Little Cayman, a patient was taken into emergency with heart problems. There
was a bad storm and Capt. Kris Bergstrom of Cayman Airways and Marcus Cumber of
Island Air spent the night trying to get a plane to fly over to pick her up,
but no flights were allowed into Little Cayman at night due to the flight risks. 

“This
was relayed to Erbin Tibbetts and Customs Officer Tate McFarlane and they were
told the person needed to get to the Brac hospital as soon as possible. It was
up to their discretion if they would be able to make it, facing danger
themselves,” she said.

Mrs.
Soto said the men decided to set out, picked up “the patient” and turned back
to the Brac facing a storm and rough seas.

“As
fate would have it, the prop fell off in thousands of feet of water. However,
prepared with a spare prop, they put it on and continued the journey, arriving
in the Brac at 6am,” she said.

The
patient made it, along with an emergency medical technician, Andrew Barron, on
board, and her husband, Bob Soto.

She
said it was a “happy time”, when she, the patient, was able to present to the
hero, Mr. Tibbetts, the AED as a gift from the Board of Directors of the Cayman
Heart Fund, which she hoped would save more lives.