JACQUOT MAYER, SON OF EDWIN, SERIOUS INJURED IN MADAGASCAR

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English Version

(translated by Christopher de Chazal)

He was walking in Hisala with one of his sons (Patrice) and his daughter-in-law; he slipped and fell down a precipice a good twelve meters high: he tried to get a hold of something, but went to the bottom. It was impossible to for him to climb . His children ran to him along the footpath. It took them 20 minutes to reach him. They were unable to lift him, they climbed back up again one step at a time, it took an hour because he was in so much pain. I will not go into detail of how we got to the aeroplane by car over a ploughed up track, with him suffering so terribly. By plane, they got to Tananarive going through thunder storms when they were severely buffeted. At Tananarive they had to take the ambulance to the hospital which took 11/2 hours. His son took a small plane to fetch Hervé, the son of Annick, Jaquot’s sister, who is a doctor specialising in cardiac resuscitation who, by chance, was spending his Christmas holidays in Isle Ste Marie. Having reached Tana Hospital, Hervé put a drain in the thorax which relieved Jaquot’s pain a little; he was then prepared for evacuation to Reunion as he was unable to undertake a 10 hour journey to Paris. Having arrived there, that is to say after about 48 hours, he was diagnosed with seven fractured ribs of which one had perforated the lung and had pierced a vein that was losing blood, the spleen had also been injured and he was full of eccymosis. On top of this, his temperature rose and septicaemia set in, he was at his worse. They gave him antibiotics and twelve hours later he is a little better. As things are he is not well. Hervé is expecting him at his practice in Paris, perhaps the day after tomorrow if he can be moved.

…So there we are, Jaques has been repatriated under medical care and since Friday he is in Hervé’s rehabilitation centre. He is not in a good state but he is in very good hands

Miquet Mayer (Jaquot’s brother)

French Version

JACQUOT MAYER, FILS D’EDWIN, GRAVEMENT ACCIDENTE A MADAGASCAR.

Il faisait une excursion dans l’HISALA avec l’un de ses fils (Patrice) et sa belle fille. Il a
trébuché et est tombé dans un précipice d’une bonne dizaines de mètres il a essayé de se raccrocher mais est allé jusqu’au fond. Impossible de remonter seul. Ses enfants ont couru jusqu’à lui par les sentiers. Ils ont mis 20 minutes pour l’atteindre. Ils n’ont pas pu le porter, ils sont remontés pas à pas pendant 1 heure car il souffrait beaucoup. Je passe les détails pour arriver jusqu’à l’avion en voiture par une piste complètement défoncée et en souffrant atrocement. En avion, ils se sont rendus à Tananarive à travers les orages et l’avion était terriblement secoué. A Tananarive ils ont du prendre l’ambulance jusqu’à l’hôpital pendant 1 heure 30 . Son Fils à pris un petit avion pour aller chercher Hervé, le fils d’Annick la sœur de Jacquot qui est médecin cardiologue réanimateur qui passait ses vacances de Noël à l’Île Ste Marie (par chance). Arrivé à l’hôpital de Tana, Hervé lui à posé un drain dans le thorax
ce qui a soulagé un peu Jacquot puis il préparé son évacuation sur la Réunion car il n’aurait pas supporté les 10 heures d’avion qui le séparait de Paris. Arrivé là, donc au bout de 48 heures ou presque, on s’aperçoit qu’il a 7 côtes fracturées dont une a perforé le poumon
et a touché une veine qui perd du sang, la rate a également été touchée et il est plein d’ecchymoses. Là-dessus, la fièvre monte et il fait une septicémie, il est au plus mal. On lui administre des antibiotiques et 12 heures plus tard un léger mieux. Pour le moment
il n’est pas brillant. Hervé l’attend dans son Service à Paris, peut-être pour après-demain s’il est transportable.
…Et voilà, Jacques a été rapatrié sanitairement et se trouve depuis hier vendredi dans le service de réanimation d’Hervé. Son état n’est pas brillant mais il est entre de bonnes mains.

Miquet Mayer (frere de Jacquot)

Message added: January 10, 2006

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