The Children’s Air Ambulance
A note from Baby Theo’s Grandmother
As a grandparent myself I would like to thank Grannynet for choosing to support The Children’s Air Ambulance.
Imagine how I felt when my grandchild, Theo was the first baby to be transferred in The Children’s Air Ambulance. Finding out that Theo needed surgery was awful, finding out that we had to move him to a different hospital for that surgery was even worse. Luckily for us The Children’s Air Ambulance was able to fly Theo between hospitals saving more than an hour than travelling by land. The Children’s Air Ambulance now needs support to make sure that it can keep providing this fantastic service and go on to help many more families just like mine so please support them today.
Baby Theo’s story
The much anticipated Children’s Air Ambulance got off to a flying start with its first ever transfer of a neonatal patient from a local hospital to a specialist paediatric care centre.
In May 2013, one day old Theo Mikova was transferred on a fifteen minute flight from Scarborough Hospital to Hull Royal Infirmary after complications were revealed at his birth.
After a difficult labour, Theo’s mum Denisa Mikova had to be put under a general anaesthetic in order to give birth to Theo by emergency Caesarean section. He was born weighing just under 5lbs and was five days late.
Once Theo arrived, doctors realised that he needed an operation on his oesophagus, which had failed to join correctly to his stomach, and would make him very ill if left untreated.
Theo was transferred for emergency surgery via The Children’s Air Ambulance, while being looked after on board by the Embrace Yorkshire and Humber Infant and Children’s Transport Service, part of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. This was the first emergency airlift of its kind to happen with The Children’s Air Ambulance and Embrace teams.
Once Theo was on board, flight time to Hull took just 15 minutes. Such a swift and efficient move helps reduce stress on both the baby and the parents and quick intervention helps speed recovery.
By road this journey would have taken over an hour. Our total flight time was only 15 minutes. As we flew along, we could see congested roads and the difficulty a land ambulance would face especially if it needed to travel in rush hour traffic. It’s cases like this where every minute can, and does, count. Dr Stephen Hancock, Lead Consultant for Embrace in charge of Theo’s care on board said: “Embrace were delighted to work with The Children’s Air Ambulance on their first ever transfer.”
Why The Children’s Air Ambulance need your help
Since Baby Theo 1st transfer we have moved 13 critically ill babies and demand for this new service is high! They receive no Government or Lottery Funding, so your support really does matter.
Around 5,800 critically ill children every year require transportation from and between paediatric intensive care units. When a child is suffering from a serious illness, the specialist life-saving treatment they need can sometimes be hundreds of miles away. Journeys by land can take a considerable time, as well as being uncomfortable and distressing for the child, and often medically challenging.
Shelley Riphagen, an intensive care consultant at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in Central London, said: “A well organised, coordinated, comprehensive inter-hospital air ¬ambulance service for critically ill children in the UK is long overdue. We are way behind most other major Western countries in this field.”
The emergency service needs £134,000 per month to keep their helicopter in the air and help save many more babies like Theo.
How can you help?
- Join us as a dedicated Ground Support Crew
- Put on an event and help raise funds
- Become a monthly giver and see your money in the air
- Volunteer with us and join us as a dedicated Ground Support Crew
For more information click visit their site at www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/donate