Stories

We love to hear and share the stories of Royal Flying Doctor Service staff, volunteers, fundraisers and patients.

A remote airstrip unused for 14 years becomes a critical asset for young Clare and her family.

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The Fisk family never thought they would need the Royal Flying Doctor Service. After all, they are a young healthy family living in Rockhampton and only a 20 minute drive from two large hospitals. They are hardly the rural property owners that most people expect to need the RFDS. However, on 20th November 2012 the RFDS was tasked with the emergency transfer of 12 day old Annabelle Fisk and her mother, Belinda Fisk.

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When Shannon Smithwick's waters broke suddenly, she needed the help of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to transport her from her home in Blackwater to Brisbane. At only 31 weeks pregnant with twin girls, Shannon required expert care to ensure she could safely give birth to daughters, Charlotte and Penny.

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“A lot of people don’t get a second chance at life. I feel very privileged that the RFDS helped give me that.”

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“It it wasn’t for the RFDS I most probably wouldn’t have made it.”

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It was about 12.30pm on a Sunday. My kids were in the lounge room, laying about on the couch and watching TV while I prepared their food in the kitchen. That’s when I heard a scream. A moment later Tessa stumbled in and she just sort of dropped onto the ground screaming.

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