Dr Vlok describes himself as a Specialist Retrievalist after completing the Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. He became the first doctor in Africa to receive such accolades. He has an avid interest and is an advocate in the emergency application of ECLS in low resource settings. His poster presentation called “Saved by the pump” presented at EMSSA 2019 described two successful cases of eCPR in such settings. His ultimate vision would be to see the general implementation of a centralised ECMO service in Sub-Saharan Africa with a fully integrated, specialised and dedicated retrieval team to undertake such missions.