Accident Victim Receives Airlift Assistance from General Public and Calvin Ayre Foundation


After sustaining multiple fractures to her left leg and arm in a major vehicular accident, Leidy Paola Galvis Salazar, is counting her lucky stars and thanking some caring and benevolent people for supporting her family’s GoFundMe efforts to airlift her to Columbia for urgent medical attention.


One such organization is the Calvin Ayre Foundation (CAF), which came on board to cover the outstanding expense of over US$12,000 in order to meet the targeted airlift cost of US$23,000, which enabled Galvis to be airlifted to Columbia on Thursday, May 13.


According to Ayre Group’s and CAF’s Media Relations Specialist, Jamilla Kirwan, when the Foundation learned of the urgent need for emergency airlift, the decision was quickly taken to assist the family, who had already raised a little over US$10,000.


“There are so many causes that CAF wishes it could assist with,” Kirwan added. “It is terribly difficult to make these kinds of decisions because we are not always able to help every cause. But whenever we are able to, we are happy to see the difference we are making in the lives that we touch.”


The 25 year-old Columbian who was residing in Antigua, was the victim of a major car crash on May 3, which caused her to be trapped in the vehicle until an emergency team was able to extricate her from the wreck. Galvis spent 11 days of being hospitalized at the Mt. St. John’s Medical Center (MSJMC), during which time her mother, Lucy Salazar who lives in Columbia, posted an impassioned social media plea for assistance and started a GoFundMe page. The family received an outpouring of financial support of over US$10,000 from the general public, whom they referred to as “angels”.


When Salazar was contacted by CAF’s Kirwan, with the announcement that the Foundation would cover the difference for her daughter’s medical airlift, she broke down in tears and called all the support Leidy had received a “miracle.”


Speaking on behalf of Leidy’s family, Honorary Consul to Columbia, Maria Britto, who also served as translator between Kirwan and Salazar, said, “On behalf of the Government of Columbia and the family of Leidy Galvis, we would like to recognize and be thankful for the help of the Calvin Ayre Foundation, as Leidy’s family did not have the resources to be flown out of the country.”

Leidy, who moved to Antigua a few years ago, came to the island to work as a Mixologist, which is her area of expertise. Although she is currently unable to move her arms and legs, she holds on to hope that she will soon be able to return to realizing her dreams and once again, live fully.


“I want to thank everyone who supported me,” Leidy said. “And especially the Calvin Ayre Foundation. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for giving me this chance to get my surgery so I can walk again.”

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  1. Kudos to all the helping angels who, in spite of hard times, dug deep to assist this young lady in her hour of need.
    I pray her journey back to wellness will be successful and that we may one day soon be able to welcome her back to our shores.
    This just serves to highlight the need for a non-profit organization with the ability to raise funds to help others in need. Every little bit helps, for sure, but what if in collaboration there were functions of all different kinds held with the objective of starting and maintaining a fund to be of assistance to persons who are in desperate need, be it medical, loss of property, getting out of an abusive situation, saving a child, whatever. Of course there would have to be mechanisms put in place to prevent the fund from being abused, but just think, think of how much could be done.
    If anybody reads this post and feels this is something that can be attempted, feel free to contact me at 7284567.

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