2016 Appeal


5-6 Jan 2018


I would like to share a story with you—one that I hope will encourage you to help an iconic Western Australian institution.

It began as just another typical evening. We were having dinner when my son, Connor, started choking. He couldn't breathe at all, so I hit him on the back, but to no effect. I knew I had to act fast.

With Connor struggling to breathe, I applied the CPR training I'd learned, to try and get him to breathe as we made our way to Kununurra hospital. Doctors told me the CPR kept him alive.

Their examinations led them to find a piece of sausage Connor had been eating had become lodged in his lung. As a result, Connor was experiencing lung failure and he had stopped breathing for about five minutes. Thankfully doctors were able to resuscitate him.

But they couldn't get the sausage out. Connor needed surgery.

The situation was now critical. The doctors warned that they might not be able to save him.

My heart sank as they told me that this could mean goodbye. I gave him a kiss on the forehead; it was terrifying him being so lifeless.

Connor was then rushed over 3,000 kilometres by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital.

During the flight, the RFDS doctor was able to inflate his good lung—it's what kept Connor going.

Within 10 minutes of arriving at Princess Margaret Hospital, Connor was in surgery. And a day later, he was well on his way to making a full recovery.

Until it happens to you, I don't think you realise how lucky you are, and just how special the Flying Doctor's work is. I'm so grateful. Thanks to the Flying Doctor, I have my little boy.

My family and I have learnt that the demand on RFDS in WA is increasing. We donate every year to ensure this service remains accessible to other families who may one day need it.

Won't you please consider joining us in making a donation today? We simply couldn't imagine what it would be like without this vital service.

Please give generously.

Thank you

Marian Carpenter