Sandoval Defends NV Guard Flight for Dying Woman

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval is defending his decision to allow the use of a Nevada Air National Guard aircraft to fly a critically ill woman to an Oregon hospital for life-saving treatment.

Sandoval tells the Reno Gazette-Journal he authorized the Dec. 28 flight because it was presented to him as a "life-or-death situation."

He says the request for the special flight came from Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where the woman was a patient. He says the Air Guard asked for his authorization as the state's commander in chief.

Sandoval declined to discuss the woman's illness or any other details about her condition, citing respect for patient privacy.

He says neither he nor any of his staff are related to the woman or have any other connections to her.