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Matese’s story

5-week-old Matese needed a life-saving flight in our Air Ambulance Plane to Starship Starship Children's Hospital
Matese and Renee

Thank you to Matese and her mum, Renee, for sharing their Life Flight story.

"In 2007, my then 5-week-old baby girl, Matese, suddenly became very ill. We brought her to hospital where she arrested three times before they could get her stable. She was put in an induced coma and was on life support.

She needed specialist care in Auckland and she needed it quickly. The Life Flight team was called after midnight to get her to Starship. She was covered in tubes and I couldn't touch her. It was so scary, but you guys looked after my baby.

The diagnosis eventually came back as sepsis and after two weeks at Starship she was well enough to fly back to Lower Hutt. She ended up having the same Life Flight team that flew her to Auckland flying her home!"

The doctors were unsure if she would even survive the initial flight, but she pulled through it all and today she is a happy and healthy nine-year-old. Thank you, Life Flight, for getting her there in time. She wouldn't be here today without you!"

Renee, Matese's mum