Helicopters, Coconuts, Volcanoes and Sled Dogs - Sunny Whitfield
Throughout his paramedical career, Sunny has worked in some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet, with a range of remarkable people who provide medical care in resource-poor and extreme environments.
Sharing experiences from working on remote expeditions and ambulances around the world, Sunny will take you on a wild ride accompanying high altitude climbing teams, venturing deep into the Pacific Ocean with diving teams and shark researchers, or crossing the Mongolian steppe on horseback. These are adventures with a medical and humanitarian twist.
Discussing the challenges of providing medical care whilst being chased by pirates, to sharing an ambulance with a monkey, to retrieving a patient from near the cauldron of an erupting volcano, 'Helicopters, coconuts, volcanoes and sled dogs' will put you in the passenger seat as the responders navigate their way through the unique challenges faced by remote medics. Sunny's stories provide a rare insight into the lives of the extraordinary but genuine people of remote health care, the many extremely challenging situations they face, and the initiative and resourcefulness they demonstrate when other help is far away. Time matters distance matters, resources matter, but the ultimate story of lie is that which plays out through circumstance and responses.