The Children’s Air Ambulance work tirelessly on missions 7 days a week to help fly serious ill children to the care they need.
Whilst most people are having Sunday roasts, long walks or just spending time with family and friends, the crew from the Children’s Air Ambulance are on call, ready to fly to help a sick child when needed.
Yesterday was no exception and the pilots from the Children’s Air Ambulance helped transfer another little patient across the UK.
Our team flew the child to the specialists in just 1 hour and 1 minute, compared to a journey that would have taken over 4 hours by road.
Speed is of the essence in so many of the transfers we do and helps to save many children’s lives. Lives like that of little Freddie, who we took from Hastings to the Evelina hospital in London in just 19 minutes.
Jess, Freddie’s mum says the speed of the transfer was so important. “It’s relief” she said. “Real relief knowing that he’s going to be seen by a specialist and they’re going to find out what’s wrong”.
Little Freddie suddenly collapsed at a holiday park on Easter Sunday without any warning.
This was his first ever seizure and it left Freddie’s parents frantically fearing the worst for their beautiful toddler. Quickly calling an ambulance, Freddie was taken to the nearest hospital at Hastings – but it was soon decided that he had to be transported urgently to the specialist care team at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.
Jess was heavily pregnant at the time of Freddie’s trauma – but she was still able to be by Freddie’s side on the flight to help keep him calm. Flying little Freddie took just 18 minutes to get to Evelina where he could get the specialist assessment and care he desperately needed.
Now it’s been verified that Freddie has a gene defect causes his body to hold back too much fluid and thus create a seizure. Today, Freddie is a happy, healthy little boy who loves football, clocks and books and who hasn’t had a seizure since.
Freddie’s mum, Jess has since become a strong fundraiser for the Children’s Air Ambulance – organising a successful fundraising day at her local pub. She says “We appreciate the help of the Children’s Air Ambulance so much.”
Please help us to keep flying and saving lives by donating today.