When I read the report on the official web site of CVN 76, the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, I phoned Nancy Reagan to tell her: “Ronnie would have loved it.”
The Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was conducting exercises in the Pacific when a distress call came in from a cruise ship the Dawn Princess which was farther out at sea.
A 14-year-old girl had suffered a ruptured appendix and the ship had no hospital facilities. The Reagan’s skipper dispatched two helicopters to the Princess — and when no space was available to land they dispatched baskets to bring the young patient aloft/aboard.
She was taken to the carrier where a full-operating room and medical staff led by Surgeon Commander George Linville performed the emergency appendectomy and her prognosis for a full recovery “is good,” pronounced by the ship’s chief medical officer, Commander Theron Toole.
“Ronnie would have loved it,” was my message to Nancy. She was readying for tonight’s speech by Justice Clarence Thomas for the Reagan Foundation before 900 in the Presidential Learning Center. Former Calif. Governor Pete Wilson and wife Gayle are among the guests.