Mum thanks LifeFlight SGAS Rescue crew for saving toddler

Kate Blauw all too easily remembers the sinking feeling that slammed into the pit of her stomach, as she watched her usually vibrant, energetic toddler lying lifeless on a hospital bed.

When little Matthew fell ill last September, the family was already on their way to Dalby Hospital, as he suffered his first seizure.

Once in the ward, his tiny body was thrown into another inexplicable seizure.

"I will never forget the sheer terror of having the doctor slamming on every button against the wall, that no one ever touches in a hospital," Kate said.

Then, in a scene the mother says no family should have to endure, Kate watched as medical staff desperately worked to keep Matthew alive.

"I stood at his 18-month-old head and counted the seconds aloud, watching his face turn blue, through a screen of terror-filled tears, as she pounded on his chest, massaging his heart back into action."

The LifeFlight SGAS helicopter was called to urgently transport the boy to St Vincent's Hospital.

"Every parent who has watched their child and felt the helpless, gut-wrenching, bargain-with-God moment can relate to what the calm, assured entrance of LifeFlight gives...hope!" 

"LifeFlight meant that a subsequent third seizure happened in the larger hospital, capable of handling it, instead of on a road in the middle of a highway," Kate said.

More than 12 months on, Matthew is healthy and has been reunited with LifeFlight SGAS Pilot David Hampshire, one of the aeromedical team who helped save his life. 

David said meeting patients and seeing positive outcomes, makes the job worthwhile.

"We have the greatest dynamic of any organisation I have ever worked in, which results in saved and improved lives right across the region.

"Our LifeFlight motto of 'Anyone... Anywhere... Anytime,' is about as accurate as you can get," he said.

The 2017-2018 financial year was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,452 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation

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www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au