It was early in the morning when Mark Palm received the urgent call from Paliagui village, a remote village on the backside of Chambri Lakes. Despite the poor phone reception, it became clear that the village was suffering from a sickness outbreak. One child had already died, and two more were very ill.
Mark, Samaritan Aviation advisor Bruce Johnson, and Nurse Maggie flew to the small lake near the village. About one hundred villagers were waiting for the arrival of the “Saman Balus” (plane with outriggers).