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Jessica's flight for life

Jessica suddenly stopped breathing. With swift action from the local medical team, and flights in both our Westpac Chopper and Air Ambulance Plane, Jessica is with her family today. 

When Jessica was born in Wairau Hospital, oxygen deprivation caused her to stop breathing for around four minutes. But, thanks to the swift action of the local medical team and our Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew, she was quickly flown to the neonatal intensive care unit at Wellington Hospital for treatment. 

"The Life Flight team prepared her to fly and reassured us that they'd be with her the whole time."

"I got to say farewell too, in case she didn't make it," remembers Jessica's mum, Karyn. 

Karyn and her husband Arthur were terrified they might lose their precious child. So we flew them to join her a couple of hours later. 

Jessica was in the neonatal intensive care unit for ten days. Then, flew back in our Air Ambulance Plane. 

Thanks to the wonderful support of people like you, Jessica survived. She has grown into a bubbly little girl who loves art and playing in the backyard with her little brother, Josiah. 

Jessica's fourth birthday was a cause for great celebration, but it was a day her parents thought they might not see.

"The shock of having your baby born not breathing is hard to deal with. But, with the support and amazing services of Life Flight, Jessica was able to get the care she needed to be with us today. They also ensured my husband and I could join her and brought us all back safely. 

"Thank you, Life Flight, for taking care of us in what was such a traumatic time."

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