Life saving outcome

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has been saving West Australians’ lives for over 80 years, so it’s no surprise we sometimes help patients from several generations of the same family.

"Twice I have been saved by the Royal Flying Doctor Service," Anne said. "Without them I wouldn't have survived. So I knew my son was in the best possible hands."

One thing all those families know is that their need for the Royal Flying Doctor Service can come at any time. The story of young Chad Sawyer is a recent example. Sixteen year old Chad was at a school sports class in Morawa in March 2017, when he was found at the bottom of the local pool.

His friends and teachers pulled Chad from the water and started CPR until an ambulance arrived, and he was taken to the local hospital and put on a respirator. But Chad's condition was so poor that the hospital called the Royal Flying Doctor Service and he was flown to Royal Perth Hospital, still unconscious.

Chad's mother Anne was in Geraldton for the day – the hospital called to give her the frightening news and told her the Royal Flying Doctor Service had been called. She immediately started driving to Perth. The whole event still seems surreal to Anne, but on that long, worried drive to the city she had one thought to comfort her – as someone who had twice been cared for by the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the past, she knew the quality of care Chad was receiving.

"Twice I have been saved by the Royal Flying Doctor Service," Anne said. "Without them I wouldn't have survived. So I knew my son was in the best possible hands."

Chad woke up in hospital several days later, and eventually made a full recovery after an eight day hospital stay. He still can't remember anything of the incident or the flight – but his Mum and the rest of the family will never forget.

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