Hi Seabird Community,
I thought I'd take an opportunity to post an update on the message from Grant Humphries of 6 August.
Travis White (Carleton University PhD student within the Environment Canada seabird program) was very seriously injured on Digges Island (northern Hudson Bay) on August 2nd when a boulder dislodged from the cliff, striking him in the back and upper body. He was safely air-lifted off of Digges Island by helicopter and subsequently flown by Hercules aircraft directly to hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba for treatment. Despite damage to his spine and ribs, after surgery and medical care his long-term prognosis for recovery is very good and he has already started physiotherapy. Led by his colleagues at Carleton University, Acadia University and Environment Canada, we will all continue to support Travis in his recovery over the coming months which, we must acknowledge, will take time given the seriousness of his injuries.
We thought we would let the seabird community know that after the initial shock and gravity of the situation, things are looking positive for Travis.
Finally, those of us involved with the project give our highest praise and thanks to the field team who initially looked after Travis, and those involved in the medevac and recovery.
Mark Mallory - Acadia University Grant Gilchrist - Environment Canada