Four month old Alba was admitted to hospital in Margate with severe breathing difficulties after developing bronchiolitis, a lower respiratory tract infection that affects babies and young children.
When her condition failed to improve after being put on oxygen it was decided to transfer her to the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London for more specialist treatment.
Having been born eight weeks premature, Alba was a tiny baby and she was put into a medically induced coma and intubated before being flown to London by the Children’s Air Ambulance.
The flight took just 30 minutes compared with a road journey of nearly two hours with no traffic problems.
“The Children’s Air Ambulance means the difference between life and death for many patients and the pilots do an amazing job,” says Alba’s mum Jessica.