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Back pain interrupts a trip to Easter Island, causing $8K in losses. Ripcord reimburses

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Ship’s doctor sends clients home

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client had to interrupt his Antarctic and South American adventure when both he and his wife began suffering from back pain.

The couple, in their 50s, were on a cruise boat in the Drake Passage when he experienced numbness in his hand and what felt like a pinched nerve in his upper back. Meanwhile, she was feeling pain in her lower back.

The ship’s doctor prescribed them each pain relievers and recommended that they fly home to Miami to see their primary care physician. That meant missing the second leg of their vacation – a trip to Easter Island – and rebooking their flights. In all, it meant forfeiting almost $8,000 in non-refundable tickets and deposits.

When they returned home, their doctor diagnosed him with cervical radiculopathy and her with lumbar radiculopathy. They filed a claim for $7,790 and Ripcord reimbursed them the full amount.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint medically evacuates client with injured leg from trail to Everest

Posted on Posted in Medical Evacuation, Rescue

A helicopter to Dingboche

The client is helped into the helicopter in Dingboche

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was trekking in Dingboche, Nepal, when he injured his right leg and could not continue. His guides suspected he sustained a fractured ankle, and contacted Redpoint Operations.

Redpoint’s medical staff conducted an assessment of the client over the phone and determined a medical evacuation was necessary. Redpoint deployed a helicopter to retrieve the 63-year-old client at his location, about 14,500 feet in altitude, and brought him to a clinic in Kathmandu for evaluation.

X-rays revealed no fracture, and local doctors diagnosed a soft tissue injury. The client was discharged from the hospital and recuperated at a nearby hotel before his flight home.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint medically evacuates Ripcord client from Himalayan trek

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Extreme dehydration on route to Everest

Trekking near Lobuche

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was trekking along the trail toward Everest Base Camp when he felt weak and nauseated and could no longer stay on his feet. The 64-year-old was exhibiting signs of Acute Mountain Sickness and became dangerously dehydrated. He was placed on oxygen, was too weak to descend on his own, and had to be evacuated off of the mountain.

Redpoint sent a helicopter to his location in Lobuche at 4910 meters (about 16,000 feet) and a little more than halfway between the trek’s starting point in Lukla and the destination at Everest Base Camp. He was flown to a clinic in Kathmandu where he was evaluated by physicians.

Blood-test results showed that he had extremely low sodium and potassium levels that were life-threatening.

In the Intensive Care Unit, his electrolyte levels were replenished intravenously and the patient was monitored for 24 hours. His condition gradually improved, follow-up lab tests showed that his sodium and potassium levels were returning to normal, and he reported feeling much better.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint’s Laurie Nahigian powers through freezing rain in her 20th Boston Marathon

Posted on Posted in Fundraising

Soaking wet shoes, but $250K for cancer research

There was freezing rain falling from the sky for the first time in at least ten years. The temperature on the course was in the 30s. Everything was soaked, but Redpoint’s Client Services Director Laurie Nahigian finished her 20th consecutive Boston Marathon despite the wicked weather.

“I wore a poncho for the first 10 miles but it was so windy it was like I had a parachute on,” Laurie said. “My shoes were soaking wet the entire run.”

Laurie was less concerned about a personal record, but rather the fundraising goals of her and her team, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC), which has already raised more than $5 million for critical cancer research this season. The team directs 100% of funds to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research. Laurie has raised almost $14,000 and the dollars are still coming in.

The memory of those who have fought the disease and their families is what drives Laurie to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the DFMC every year, and to finish this grueling 26.2 mile slog in the frigid temperatures.

“For the last 12 years, I’ve had a tradition with my Patient Partner where I carry a special coin from Hopkinton to Boston and when I see her family at mile 25, I give it to them,” she said. “My hands were so cold I couldn’t go into the teeny pocket in my tights to get it, so her mom had to. It certainly added some comic relief for the other friends and spectators who brave the weather to support us.”

Despite a calf cramp in that final mile down Boylston Street, Laurie made it to the finish line with a remarkable time of 3:35. But more impressive is the $250,000 she has personally raised over the last 20 years. “That is what I am most proud of.”

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Why are there two Monacos on an Italian map? European city names explained

Posted on Posted in Travel Tips

Smoky bays, black pools and merchants’ harbors

Monaco

There’s a funny idiosyncrasy on Italian maps: There are two Monacos. One is a principality on Italy’s northwestern border, the other is Germany’s third-largest city.

The reason is simple. Monaco means “monk” in Italian, and both of these places were once known for the hermits who inhabited them.

The independent city state of Monaco, sandwiched between the Italian Riviera and the Côte d’Azur, may be known these days for its casinos and yacht parties, but back in the 6th century B.C. it was known for the loners who lived in what was then considered the middle of nowhere. So the Greeks gave it the name Monoikos or “solitary house.” (Mono = one or solitary, ikos = house). This word became monaco in Italian.

Munich

Meanwhile, the Bavarian capital known as Monaco in Italian was the site of a Benedictine monastery. The Germans honor those founders by calling it “monks” or München. The original name in Old German was Munich, which of course remains the name in English today.

In much of Europe, naming a city for the people who founded it was pretty common practice. Paris was named for the Parisii tribe who built that city on the Seine. Rome was named for the legend of its first king, Romulus, who along with his brother Remus founded that city on the Tiber.

Paris

Even more common was naming cities for the water that drew settlers there in the first place.

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