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Monday, June 11, 2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

MOURNING Recent medical school graduate experience with Survival Flight,
Hilary Roeder worked with Spoor having been in the process of com-
From page 1 in the surgical intensive care unit in pleting the final weeks of their
June 2006. training.
regarding the risks their jobs present. "He was one of the greatest peo- Punch said Chenault was "the
"We deal with risk every day," he ple I worked with," she said. "He kind of guy everyone liked and
said. "They understand it, they deal was outstanding." trusted." He said Chenault was
with it. It's what they do - it's their She said that he was always will- often put in charge of approaching
passion." ing to help her and her classmates, families about donating their loved
Spoor had gone on many mis- even when they called at 3 a.m. with ones' organs.
sions with a team to remove and an emergency. "He was the go-to guy," he said.
transport organs for surgeries at Roeder said her "stomach started Chenault was also the girls'
the University Hospital,said Jeffrey turning into knots," as soon as she cross-country and track and field
Punch, director of the University's heard about the fatal plane crash. coach at Fr. Gabriel Richard High
transplant program. He was finish- "My heart just sunk," she said. School of Ann Arbor.
ing his Master's degree in clinical Punch said Chenault had also "I remember him teaching me
research and would have graduated gone on several missions, but that how to hurdle with his dress pants,
this summer. Lapensee and Ashburn had less shirt and shoes on, and his doctors
coat, so that every time he jumped
a hurdle he looked like a superhero
. because his coat would fly up like a
e cape," said Eastern Michigan Uni-
Review v C A T Simply the Best! versity junior Jennifer Smith, who
ran cross-country and track under
* *s - Chenault.

Fourth-year medical student
Carlan Wendler worked with Ash-
burn this past March in the car-
diothoracic department, which
specializes in chest surgeries, as
part of his medical school training.
He said Ashburn was hardworking
and always quick to laugh.
An avid hunter, Ashburn was
known to demonstrate his turkey
call in the operating room, Wendler
said.
"He was the kind of person we
all want tobe like when we grow up
into doctors," he said.
Punch described Lapensee as
fairly quiet and conscientious. He
said Lapensee enjoyed flying and
also worked as a fireman.
Fourth-year medical student
Albert Kim spent part of his medi-
cal school training working with
Lapensee in November 2005.
Kim said Lapensee took his job
seriously and worked long -hours,

but he was always pleasant and
easygoing.
He said Lapensee was someone
who you wanted to be around and
work with.
"He was really hardworking," he
said.
Kim said during his first organ
recovery mission Lapensee noticed
him sitting in the back of the heli-
copter and told Kim that next time
he should sit in the front so that he
would be able to see.
On Kim's next flight, he said Lap-
ensee immediately remembered
him and pulled him aside so he
could sit in the front of the helicop-
ter.
"It was one of the highlights of
my year," he said.
In a press conference Friday
morning, Punch said another pair of
lungs was successfully transplanted
to the patient who was to receive
the organs lost in the crash. He is

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Lungtransplantdirector Andrew
Chang said that although the hospi-
tal treated this patient the same as
any other patient, there was added
anxiety for the man's recovery after
last week's tragedy.
"We were all very hopeful for this
gentleman," he said. "We don't want
this to have happened in vain."
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Millikan and Jessica Vosgerchian
contrihuted to this report.
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