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Elsa's flight to life-saving surgery

Thanks to your support, Elsa was urgently flown to life-saving surgery.

“We just cannot thank you enough for being there. Without this service, Elsa wouldn't be here," says Sarah.

Your support provided hope when Sarah and Mike received the shocking news. Their gorgeous five-month-old daughter Elsa had a diaphragmatic hernia.

Little Elsa fell very ill. She was rushed to Nelson Hospital for x-rays. Doctors identified the very rare birth defect. It caused her bowel to loop into her chest, filling her stomach with air and making her very sick. 

There had not been another case like it for six years in New Zealand.

Fortunately, the Paediatric team that operated on the previous case was still at Christchurch Hospital. Thanks to your generosity, Elsa could be flown in our Air Ambulance Plane that night, in time for life-saving surgery. 

Her whole family was even able to be flown with her, which was comforting during such a distressing time. 

The experienced medical team at Christchurch Hospital performed the challenging surgery successfully. Elsa is now very happy to be home and on the road to recovery. 

“We just cannot thank you enough for being there. Without this service, Elsa wouldn't be here," says Sarah.