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Northern NSW : Summer 2017
RescueClub Sophia in a critical condition (L-R) Big sister Chloe with Adele, Mark and Sophia reunited with Air Crewman Matt Dippolito The small plastic star found in Sophia’s trachea machines and transfer her to the chopper. When a tube slightly moved during the process, Sophia stopped breathing and both her lungs collapsed. ‘They couldn’t get it in the right position so her breathing had to be done manually until the anaesthetist could return and intubate her again,’ said Mark. ‘Because the swelling in her throat had increased, they couldn’t put the same size tube back in and had to cork-screw force a smaller one before eventually stabilising her and flying her to Newcastle.’ Her five-day stay in the PICU was critical. When Sophia’s tiny body involuntarily coughed from the throat tube, her lungs would desaturate, requiring nurses to stabilise her. During a follow-up operation in Newcastle to treat damage to her throat a specialist made a surprise discovery. Still presenting with significant swelling near her vocal cords the surgeon found a small star in Sophia’s trachea. It was from the children’s art and crafts box and had remained undetected for five weeks. ‘It was a terrible coincidence Sophia had severe croup and bronchiolitis, then swallowed the star, and then developed pneumonia. All of this made her critically ill,’ said Adele. The Hayne family is incredibly appreciative of the support they received. Adele set up a special gofundme campaign. Back in Newcastle in November for Sophia’s final check up the family visited the Service’s Broadmeadow base and donated $1,265. They were also reunited with air crewman Matt Dippolito from Sophia’s emergency flight. The Haynes also gave $1,265 to Ronald McDonald House and a trailer load of donated baby items to the PICU. ‘We are just so thankful and grateful to these organisations that helped saved Sophia’s life and made this continuing situation a lot easier to deal with,’ Adele explained. ‘T his has been a very humbling experience, which gives your life perspective.’ Read the full story on the WRHS website. www.gofundme.com/sophiahayne Giving back THE PROVERB SUGGESTS ‘IT ’S BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE’ AND THE HAYNE FAMILY FROM URUNGA ON THE MID NORTH COAST KNOWS THE VALUE OF EITHER SIDE. Last September, 10-month-old Sophia was lethargic and having difficulty breathing after suffering from croup. Worried parents Adele and Mark rushed their toddler to Coffs Harbour Hospital however, following several treatments, there was little improvement. ‘Doctors believed a suspected abscess in her lymph nodes may have been blocking her airway,’ explained Adele. Sophia needed urgent Rescue Helicopter transportation to John Hunter Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. While she was sedated and intubated in intensive care at Coffs Harbour, the Service’s medical crew worked for 40 minutes to delicately connect her to their 22 Rescue Magazine SUMMER 2017
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