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CareFlight airlifts sick young boy after kidney transplant

A CareFlight QLD rescue helicopter, based at Toowoomba, has performed a critical rescue mission today at Maryvale, near Warwick, airlifting a 7 year old boy suffering complications from a recent kidney transplant.

The family’s property was isolated by flood waters.

Air Crewman Leigh Ainsley said the crew flew to the property at Maryvale and a Flight Paramedic treated the young boy on-scene.

“We then flew to Warwick to pick up his mother who was stranded at another property due to flood waters.

"She wanted to travel with her son to the hospital as they had been separated for around 48 hours.

“We airlifted both mother and son to the Toowoomba Base Hospital for specialist treatment,” he said.

CareFlight QLD’s crews have been working around the clock airlifting people who were stranded due to rising flood waters, transporting more than 60 people in just 24 hours.

Yesterday, CareFlight QLD sent four helicopters and two Lear Jets to flood-stricken Bundaberg to support local and district disaster management groups.

The ongoing emergency is drawing on the combined resources of CareFlight QLD, its community RACQ CareFlight Rescue choppers, as well as its EMS helicopters operated on behalf of Queensland’s Coal Seam Natural Gas Industry.