Sometimes life throws a curveball – accidents happen and health conditions pop up out of nowhere.
It’s in those terrifying moments that we dream of a superhero who can fly in and help take away the pain. Thanks to generous donors like you, our superheroes at Newborns and Paediatric Transports Service (NETS) can help transport extremely ill children from remote, regional and city areas to expert clinical care, when and wherever they may need it.
Without NETS' quick-thinking skills and invaluable training, little Colby may not be here today.
Just over three years ago, Colby was very sick. The four-day-old baby couldn’t keep any milk down, had dropped 500 grams off her birth weight and had acid levels reading in the thousands. The typical acid level of a baby her size and weight should be almost zero- meaning Colby’s body wasn’t processing the proteins she needed and was at high risk of shutting down.
Colby’s doctors at Bateman’s Bay knew she needed a level of care they simply couldn’t provide, so they rang NETS. Minutes later, a team of healthcare heroes arrive by helicopter to transport Colby to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for further tests. But the whole ordeal was too much for Shannon to handle, so it was decided her dad Rob would take the flight.
Mid-way through the flight, monitors started beeping and Colby started convulsing - she was having a seizure. It’s what happened next that still gets Rob teary to this day.
By the time Shannon arrived five hours later, doctors had a diagnosis of methylmalonic aciduria. The extremely rare genetic condition affecting only eight children in Australia means Colby’s metabolism can’t break down proteins and fats properly. While Colby will forever need injections and an extremely restricted diet, her parents are still thanking their lucky stars she’s alive and happy.
A word of thanks this Christmas...
"If one of our NETS heroes is out there, reading this story, thank you. Thanks to you, Colby is now three and is living her best life at home with her sister. You have kept our family whole and no words will ever be able to express our gratitude. Its people like you who make this world a better place," says Shannon.
To help light up their Xmas, donate to our Appeal today. It could be used to transport extremely ill kids like Colby to the lifesaving expert clinical care they need.