John Hinds - The Flying Doctor!

Um tópico ligeiramente diferente.
Sobre um homem que ja nao esta connosco.
Outra perspectiva sobre o mundo das corridas de estrada.

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Um piloto e fa de corridas. Medico de profissão.

Devido ao comprimento das provas de rua, logisticamente e impossível ter presente apoio medico em segundos como no caso de corridas de circuito.

O tempo de chegada de uma ambulância tripulada, muitas vezes representa a vida ou a morte de um piloto que tenha um acidente. Muitas vezes em locais que sao igualmente inacessíveis por helicoptero.

Entao este senhor, implantou inicialmente no TT - Isle of Man, e que posteriormente se estendeu as corridas na Irlanda como UGP e Northwest, e em parceria com um colega: Fred McSorley - O procedimento de arrancar 10 segundos depois dos pilotos. Poderia nao acompanhar o pior tempo do ultimo piloto mas conseguia acompanhar a um grande ritmo e que lhe valeu a alcunha ''flying doctor'' e conseguia deste modo melhorar e muito o tempo de resposta de chegada ao local do acidente [período mais critico] e prestar o primeiro  socorro ao piloto ou a um espectador em poucos segundos.

Estima-se que tenha salvo dezenas de vidas, e dado condicoes de recuperação total a outras tantas, ao longo do período em que o fez: 1998 - 2015, em que no socorro a um acidente numa corrida em Dublin tera ele próprio sido vitima de um obstáculo que lhe causou a morte. Ao fazer aquilo que ele mais gostava.

Fe-lo sempre em regime de voluntariado, nunca sendo ressarcido por esta 'missao'.


Citar:Dr. John Hinds was a pioneer in the world of emergency medical care for Irish road racing, whose long tracks make it difficult for ambulances to get to racers in time to save them after a crash. His solution? Get to them fast on a race bike of his own, a brilliant and program that earned him the nickname “the Flying Doctor” – but also took his life in the process.
[Imagem: john-hinds-flying-doctor-1.jpg] Dr. John Hinds deploying to the scene of an accident on a specially equipped BMW S1000RR.
Few people truly epitomize the idea of “doing what you love for a living” like Dr. John Hinds did.
Hinds, born in Northern Ireland in 1980, was obsessed with motorcycle racing from a young age, and began riding at the age of seventeen. A fan and frequent spectator of Irish road racing (an unusual variety of superbike road racing done on closed public roads) he eventually became an accomplished racer himself in both road racing and supermoto during his young adulthood.
But John also had a passion for helping others, and knew he wanted to be a doctor at a young age – a gifted student, he went to medical school at Queen’s University, Belfast, and earned his medical degree at the age of only 23. Influenced by the emergency medical crews he had seen operating on the race circuits, John was immediately attracted to the world of trauma medicine, and began volunterring with racing medical crews immediately upon getting his medical degree.
For a trauma doctor, the long, narrow roads of Irish road racing, what he called “a fantastic sport – and also a very cruel sport,” would become all-too-good a place for him to practice and develop his skills in emergency medicine.
[Imagem: john-hinds-flying-doctor-6.png] Hinds is shown here chatting with Irish road racing and Isle of Man TT champion Michael Dunlop. In his exciting career, Hinds became close to all the major names in road racing in the UK, even becoming a very recognized figure in the sport himself.
“Fantastic and Cruel” Irish Road Racing
Irish road racing is unique in that Ireland is one of the few places left in the world where professional racing still takes place on closed private roads, instead of racetracks. The lack of dedicated tracks means racers must contend with naturally occurring challenges on centuries-old roads that wind their way through the countryside – things like rock walls, barbed-wire fences, and hedgerows that flank the roads within inches on either side, not to mention bumps so large that riders routinely catch air going over them. Average speeds on some tracks is around 130 MPH, with top speeds cracking the 200 MPH mark routinely – so the result is a death-defying spectacle of racing, but also, a sport that is extraordinarily dangerous, and where crashes are often extremely violent and frequently deadly.
[Imagem: john-hinds-flying-doctor-2.jpg] Dr. Hinds shows off his elaborate motorcycle-mounted trauma kit developed especially for his unique role as a road racing trauma doctor.
Medical care for such a dangerous sport is crucial, but when it comes to administering emergency medicine on such tracks, the nature of Irish road racing poses some unique challenges. While typical racetracks run in a loop – allowing emergency crews to reach accident victims within seconds no matter where the crash is – Irish road racing is held on roads that run in one direction, typically 7-9 miles from beginning to end. That distance is long enough that it becomes logistically impossible to station ambulances close enough to get to crash scenes within the crucial first moments of a crash, but short enough that air ambulances wouldn’t be effective, since it would typically take more time for a helicopter just to take off than it would for it to actually come on scene.
That’s why John, along with his colleague Dr. Fred McSorley, pioneered a program that would use the same fast-moving means the racers do to get to the scenes of accidents within seconds – by deploying on superbikes of their own.
The Flying Doctors Are Born
Combining a passion for motorcycle racing with his professional skills as a trauma doctor, Hinds piloted a program where he and McSorley would deploy on fast-moving sport bikes to the scene of accidents, to begin treatment in the critical first moments after a crash occurs. The motorcycle-mounted trauma doctors would not take the place of full ambulance crews, but could arrive within moments to start administering life-saving emergency services while waiting for a full ambulance crew to arrive and transport the victim to a hospital.
The system that developed involved the two doctors, fully decked out in specially equipped load-bearing vests and mounted on high-powered sport bikes, following behind packs of racers on warm-up and practice laps (as that is typically when most accidents occur.) During actual race events, the doctors would be geared up and mounted trackside, ready to deploy to the scene of a crash the moment it happened. Under the call sign “Delta 7,” Hinds would be summoned via radio by a network of spotters along the track the moment it happened, a system that cut response times down to mere seconds. 
[Imagem: john-hinds-flying-doctor-4.jpg] Hinds deploying to a crash scene on a KTM RC8R. Hinds was himself an accomplished road racer, and not out of his element on a road course hitting triple digits.
When deployed, Hinds would take off toward the scene of an accident at a race pace, roaring past spectators in his unmistakable hi-viz riding gear at triple-digit speeds to reach a victim as quickly as possible. Riding a variety of different bikes over the years, including a Honda CBR600RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Kawasaki ZX-10R, KTM RC8R, and most recently, a bright orange BMW S1000RR, Hinds and his colleague were a confidence inspiring sight for racers and fans alike, eventually becoming a part of the spectacle in their own right, and ultimately earning themselves the nicknames “the flying doctors.”
The program was a resounding success, and gave Hinds international notoriety as a trauma doctor. Covering an incredible average of 4,000 race miles a year throughout the UK gave him a tremendous experience treating every kind of accident imaginable, often even performing lifesaving surgery in ditches right on the side of the road. His wealth of experience made him a renowned expert in crash trauma, being invited to lecture to medical professionals throughout the UK, the US, and Australia, and all while continuing to work a day job as a trauma doctor at an Irish hospital and also lecturing at the Queen Mary University in London.
Ironically, as much of an expert as Hinds was in both motorcycle racing and trauma medicine, it was those same things that would take his life at the young age of only 35. Hinds was killed in a crash of his own while responding to the scene of an accident at the Skerries Road Races in Dublin County, Ireland, in 2015.
[Imagem: john-hinds-flying-doctor-7.jpeg] Hinds with another one of his bikes, a specially painted Suzuki GSX-R1000. His many eye-catching superbikes were as much a part of the “flying doctor” spectacle as he was.
Dr. John Hinds’ Legacy
While the loss of such a valuable member of the racing community was tragic, especially to racing fans in the UK where he was widely known, he had a great positive impact in both the racing and medical communities in his lifetime.
In addition to the trackside emergency medical services he was known for, he was also a champion of improved emergency servcies in his home of Northern Ireland overall – which is sorely lacking in infrastructure to treat normal trauma patients when compared with the rest of the United Kingdom – and spearheaded a public campaign to bring much-needed air ambulance services to the region as well.

Apenas um pensamento para o ar...

Trata-se de uma pessoa com centenas de assistências por ano no seu curriculo e que neste mundo ja viu de tudo. Acidentes neste genero de corridas, nao costumam ser meigos. Nao so devido aos obstáculos (muros, árvores, ribanceiras...) como as velocidades praticadas. Ainda assim, pegava na mota ''a dar gatilho'' para tentar ajudar os outros sem ver um centimo em troca e sem pensar na sua propria vida.

E preciso uma estrutura mental muito forte, para acidente apos acidente e com certeza ver em primeira mao e pela propria pessoa o pior dos piores que este mundo das motas nos pode trazer, e continuar ele mesmo a faze-lo com a elegancia e distincao que o caracterizava.

Isto e o que? Loucura? Insanidade? Paixão? Ou um altruísmo e sentido de missao muito grande?

Deixo um video maiorzito de uma conferencia dada por ele, narrada na primeira pessoa com alguns dos casos mais dificeis ou peculiares com que se deparou ao longo destes anos. Um vídeo a meu ver cheio de humor e de uma pessoa apaixonada pelas corridas, pelo que fez, pelos outros.


Ganda tópico pá!

É uma grande iniciativa da tua parte, fazeres esta homenagem a uma pessoa que deu tudo o que tinha na sua missão de salvar o que de mais valioso os outros estão prestes a perder!

Estás, definitivamente, no bom caminho pá!!! V

I just don't run with the crowd!

Muito bom... como se pode constatar se virmos o vídeo, uma perda significativa não só pelo que representa mas pelo conhecimento que detinha sobre ações de resposta médica rápida em caso de acidente.

Boa homenagem e boa partilha! clap

Bom tópico. Homenagem mais do que merecida. Reconheço que não percebo nada de corridas e não conhecia este senhor. Pena que tenha morrido tão cedo.

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Realmente não seriam muitos a fazer o que este senhor fez, sem dúvida! Fez o que gostava durante muito tempo, no fundo é o mais importante podemos ter do tempo que por cá passamos.

As minhas máquinas (e ex):
Kawasaki Versys 1000 / KTM 1290 Super Duke GT
Yamaha FZS 600 Fazer

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