Simoné Theunissen

Today we introduce Simoné Theunissen, newly appointed Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) at our Oudtshoorn base. Simoné a true adventurist, has been with the organisation for approximately two months, here’s a look into her world …

Who is Simoné Theunissen: “I was born in Krugersdorp, moved to George when I was nine and grew up on a farm. I completed my Bachelor of Emergency Medical Care (BEMC) degree at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth.”

Were you in any other trade before? “No.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS? It has been my dream to work at AMS since I started studying. I love the mountains, I have a keen interest in rescue and aviation medicine. I love flying and AMS provides me with the opportunity to combine all my passions.”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “To become an external load operator.”

What do you do in your spare time? “Rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming and building puzzles.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I am a sensitive viewer; I cry when watching sad movies.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Flying and doing rescues.”

What is on your bedside table? “My Bible, journal and lamp.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Jesus Christ, Edmund Hillary, Mother Teresa, Bare Grills and Dr Chris Barnard.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “What is the worst thing you have seen thus far? I hate that question. The job is so much more than that!”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “When I assisted with my first mountain rescue on a hike near Formosa peak in 2017.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “To become a wildlife veterinarian.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Chocolate.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “Exercise.”

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Determination.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “My Grandma said; ń aanhouer wen!”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Life is short, so live it to the fullest!”

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