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Recknell a STARS VIP

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When Glen Recknell needed the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) Air Ambulance, they came. And now Recknell has returned the favour.
Recknell is featured in STAR’s 2018 fund-raising calendar and was at the STARS base in Winnipeg Monday to help launch this year’s campaign.
Recknell’s involvement with STARS had a tragic beginning when at the end of July 2015 a personal watercraft accident at the mouth of the Ochre River on Lake Dauphin left him with a severe spinal cord injury, expected not to survive and at the very least unlikely to ever walk again.
STARS was called.
“They came and picked me up and took me to Winnipeg,” Recknell said.
They got me into Winnipeg really quick, like 45 minutes. I don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for Stars.”
Recknell’s accident was one of three calls STARS responded to that night.
“The other two were fatal and when they dropped me off, Troy (flight crew member Pauls) said they never thought they would see me alive again,” Recknell said.
“It was two weeks later when they came into the hospital with somebody else, my daughter ran over to them. Troy came in and saw me then. They couldn’t believe I was still around. He said they went home with heavy hearts that night, because I was the first one and then they had two more after that and the other two died. And they didn’t have much hope for me.”
Not only did Recknell survive his accident, he is walking again with the assistance of a walker and for exercise on a treadmill. He said his remarkable recovery started with the care he received from STARS.
Pauls still visits Recknell who is considered a STARS VIP (Very Important Patient) when he can and the two are pictured together on the December page of the calendar.
Recknell said his relationship with the STARS medics who saved him is like having a whole other family.
“It is awesome. Those guys have treated us so well. They gave me a ring. It is called the Red Ring of Life. Everybody wears one. So I wear it. I am a family member now,” Recknell said, adding you help family in whatever way you can.
“Anything I can do I am going to help them. We will do whatever we can.”
The annual STARS calendar campaign is a long-standing and important fund-raiser for STARS. The campaign is entering its 25th year and has raised millions of dollars to date with over 500,000 door-to-door visits made each year.
The calendars are $30 each and are printed with the assistance of Viterra Inc. which covers the full printing costs of the more than 60,000 calendars sold across western Canada every year.
The calendars will be available until December at most Viterra locations, as well as online at starscalendar.ca.
Those interested in purchasing a calendar, or making a donation to STARS, are encouraged to contact their local Viterra facility for more information.
STARS is a charitable, non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides time, hope and life-saving support to critically ill and injured patients. Its doctors, nurses, paramedics and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives through rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation.
STARS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week out of six bases across western Canada.