Pirate FM News 3 minute read

Children’s Air Ambulance saves Cornish child's life

Children’s Air Ambulance saves Cornish child's life

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:32pm 12th May 2020. (Updated at 1:01pm 12th May 2020)

This is the story of baby Elsie who would have died without a charity-funded helicopter transfer that got her to hospital for emergency heart surgery at just one month old.

Within a few hours, her condition had deteriorated so much her mum and dad feared they might lose her.

Just days before, they had no idea anything was even wrong with her.

Her family, who live in Bude, believe the Children’s Air Ambulance flight in January 2017 saved his little girl’s life and are now planning to raise funds and awareness for the air ambulance charity. 

‘’It’s just a joke that no funding is available for you – it’s absolutely absurd. It’s the most important service I think there could be. Without you, Elsie would’ve died. The speed and the extra time that was saved had a massive, massive impact.’’

             Damian Inch, Elsie's dad 

Elise

Elsie has a congenital heart disorder and desperately needed specialist surgery when the Children's Air Ambulance was asked to fly her to Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Working in conjunction with a retrieval team from Wales and West Acute Transport for Children (WATCh), it took just 24 minutes by air compared to the two hours it would have taken to cover 100 miles by road, and that time was critical.

After multiple rounds of open heart surgery and a long hospital stay, Elsie recovered enough to return home.

She is now a thriving three year old who loves to sing and dance. 

Elsie

Her family are keen to express their thanks to the Children's Air Ambulance and call for more fundraising to be done to support the charity.  

Elsie's father Damian says he remains eternally grateful to the Children’s Air Ambulance and now plans to fundraise, knowing the charity gets no government funding. 

WANT TO MAKE A DONATION OR KNOW MORE?

Please click here to know more about the Children's Air Ambulance.

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Newer articles

Royal Cornwall Hospital choir creates lockdown recording

Cornwall News: The song is in support of NHS colleagues risking their lives

Lockdown: Council leader says "Cornwall is not open to visitors"

Cornwall News: There are fears the Duchy could see a large influx of tourists

Older articles

Covid-19: Deaths drop by a quarter in Cornwall and Devon

Cornwall News: New figures show 20 fatalities were registered in the Duchy in a week

Nearly a fifth of Cornish care homes hit by coronavirus

Cornwall News: Figures show 42 have had a confirmed or suspected case

Most read

Cornwall's police issue latest public warning to would be holiday makers

Cornwall News: See point 1.15 which states: “You are not permitted to stay overnight away from the place where you are living for a holiday or similar purpose.”

Housing plans approved: no affordable homes on site

Cornwall News: Under the plans there will be a mix of two and three-bedroom properties, said to be contemporary in design with a mix of render and brick materials.

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall