Baby Carter’s story of survival


Erin was just nineteen weeks into her pregnancy when she was told she had a rare and serious complication called Placenta Previa; a serious complication that can cause women to haemorrhage and babies to be delivered prematurely.

At 27 weeks Erin was admitted to her local hospital with stomach pains and told she was at risk of having a major bleed at any moment. There was no way she could deliver normally. Her baby, Carter, would not make it to full term and would have to be born via C-Section.

Her doctors knew that mum and baby would not be safe until they could get her to the fully equipped Neonatal ICU at a hospital in Sydney. 

A road journey by ambulance would take five hours. If Erin suffered a major bleed during that drive she would probably die. Erin's doctors knew there was only one way to get her there in time - on an emergency Royal Flying Doctor Service flight.

Baby Carter

At 2:30am, they made the vital call to the Flying Doctor. Within minutes of that call coming in, the Royal Flying Doctor Service had a plane in the air and on its way to rescue Erin.

Jamie, the RFDS Flight Nurse, really touched Erin's heart, comforting her and helping her to make emotional and mental adjustments during that flight. 

The flight went seamlessly but on arrival at the Sydney hospital, the major bleed Erin's doctors were worried about happened. Thankfully, the medical team at the hospital were able to take immediate action and stabilise Erin.

Carter was delivered ten weeks pre-term, tiny and fighting for life, and he and Erin spent the next 102 days in hospital. When Carter was ready to leave hospital, we flew mother and baby back home.

“Without the Flying Doctor, there’s a very good chance Carter wouldn’t have made it. We never thought something like this would happen to us. You never do. But we were wrong. It can happen to anyone,” says Erin.

We rely on your help and generosity.

Erin and Carter

We rely on the compassionate support of the Australian community. Last year the Flying Doctor helped someone every 2 minutes every day and is continuing to fill in the gaps in rural health services. On top of our aeromedical emergency rescues, we also provide many critical health services to those in need including vital dental care, GP services, optometry, speech therapy and wellbeing support.

You can be the difference between help and heartbreak.

Australia's most rural and remote populations tend to have higher mortality rates and consequently lower life expectancy than populations living in either capital cities or urbanised areas. It should not matter where you live, rural and remote Australians cannot continue to have such limited access to necessary, life changing health care services.

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