As the sun rose Wednesday morning and many of you were headed to work, a very special flight took off at Tallahassee Regional Airport. On board were a tiny baby, her parents and a volunteer pilot.
Normally Doug Deszell wears scrubs to work as a nurse anesthetist. Wednesday he was checking the vital signs of one Cherokee pipe getting ready to fly a Tallahassee family to Tampa in an Angel Flight mission.
"It's important to me to do this so I can hopefully make a difference for these people and I enjoy doing it," says Doug.
With Doug at the controls the Chowdhury family will fly for free to see a specialist in Tampa. Three-month-old Rifah was born with a deformed jaw, which makes it difficult for her to eat and breathe. This doctor's visit could literally change her life.
"Nervous or excited? Excited, I'm excited to take my daughter just to give her an opportunity to get a better life," says Mohammed Chowdhury, parent.
Angel Flight Southeast is made up of nearly 1,000 volunteer pilots like Doug who together flew more than 1,300 missions last year.
The Chowdhury family is hoping this flight will pave the way for surgery that'll allow their angel to grow up like every other little girl.
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