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Boston MedFlight Holds Annual Reunion With Pediatric Patients

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Boston MedFlight holds its annual pediatric patient reunion at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (Credit: WBZ-TV)

Boston MedFlight holds its annual pediatric patient reunion at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (Credit: WBZ-TV)

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BEDFORD (CBS) — About 100 children and their families participated in a reunion Sunday at Boston MedFlight’s hangar at Hanscom Air Force Base.

The Boston MedFlight Pediatric Reunion brought together families with the Boston MedFlight staff who transported and helped treat their children, and in many cases saved their lives.

For more than 25 years, Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization, has provided critical care transport to patients throughout New England. The reunion is an annual celebration designed to serve as a therapeutic experience for the children and their families, according to a prepared statement from the group.

This year, the reunion showcased Boston MedFlight’s new EC145 EMS helicopter. This new helicopter features the latest flight control navigation and safety technology as well as an extra-large cabin to care for a variety of patients, including those requiring specialized medical equipment.

Boston MedFlight use a medical helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft to transport critically ill or injured patients, often from the scene of severe motor vehicle crashes. Boston MedFlight also transfers critically ill patients from suburban or rural medical facilities across New England to hospitals in Boston.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

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