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Sean Anderson has seen plenty of hospitals and ambulances in his 18 years, but on Wednesday his trip aboard a helicopter ambulance was nothing but a joy ride.
Anderson's wish was to ride in a helicopter, but Make-A-Wish coordinators were having trouble arranging such a ride because of his medical needs, said Nathan Morreale, outreach coordinator for AirMed.
The 18-year-old was born with muscular dystrophy, and uses a ventilator to help him breathe. "So what better way to grant his wish than to put him on a medical helicopter?" Morreale said.
Anderson's father rode with him, and his mother and sister met them at the U. hospital. The pilot gave the Andersons a tour of the Salt Lake Valley, flying over the Kennecott mine and up the Cottonwood canyons, Morreale said.
"He's not much for words, but his father said the one word he could say was 'Good,' and he had a smile on his face,'" Morreale said.