Graphic: Claire Tyrrell, The West Australian

Family relief as RFDS flies to Bon’s aid

Date published

23 Sep 2017

RFDS nurse Jeannette Spark, Bon Nastasi and his mum Carla Yazmadjian. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Bon Nastasi’s Rottnest Island school holiday adventure turned into a frightening ordeal last year.

The 11-year-old Dianella boy fell 2m from a climbing frame on to his head during the July school holidays. When passers-by came to his aid, they warned him not to move.

“It was pretty frightening when I got there and saw him laying on the ground,” Bon’s mother Carla Yazmadjian said.

Rottnest Nursing Post was alerted and nurses immobilised Bon in a stretcher and took him by ambulance to the nursing post.

Ms Yazmadjian was gearing up for a bumpy ferry ride back to a Perth hospital, but the Royal Flying Doctor Service was called in.

Bon, in Year 6 at Trinity College, said he was surprised to travel to Perth in a plane.

“I knew I was going to hospital but didn’t know if it was going to be on a boat or a plane,” he said.
“I felt pretty safe because I knew I was going to be fine and I had good people looking after me.”

Bon landed at Jandakot Airport and was taken in an ambulance to Princess Margaret Hospital, where he spent the following two days.

He was given the all clear and wore a neck brace for a few weeks, but had no major damage.

The RFDS is called in when people are as close as an hour outside of Perth, and has helped one child from metropolitan Perth each week.

Last year the RFDS retrieved 1147 children under 16 across WA.
Ms Yazmadjian said she never expected to rely on the RFDS’ services but was extremely relieved when it came to Bon’s aid.
The new arrivals is a game-changer for the health service.

The West Australian 
Claire Tyrrell | Saturday, 23 September 2017 1:02AM