The stories in this book are about the early days. Michael was no professional pilot, but he flew and navigated the skies without the modern aid of GPS, and somehow against often enormous odds of weather and darkness managed to reach his destination, and the patients who awaited him.
Michael’s asthma never left him, though it was greatly improved by the warm climate in Kenya. His life always had this aspect of endurance, and in both his flying, his surgical work and his building of the Flying Doctor Services and AMREF, it was his courage and tenacity that saw him through so many difficulties and dangers. He says in one of the chapters of this book when he was faced with the coming dark and threatening weather conditions, “I realized that I could not turn back.” Not to turn back was the essence of his life and achievement.