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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 


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. 


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. 


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

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