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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter 2017
Every breath you take Ziggy Lockey was just 51⁄2 months old on Australia Day this year when his mother Rachel found him unconscious while having his morning nap. The Lockey family, Rachel, dad Troy, and children Beau, India, and baby Ziggy were just about to set off for a barbecue at a friend’s place in Nelson Bay. ‘ He was face down and when I rolled him over he was blue and cold,’ said Rachel. ‘ I picked him up and he was all floppy and lifeless. It’s hard to describe the fear and terror I felt in that moment. ‘ Luckily Troy was home and I shouted out for him to call the ambulance. Once we got onto the operator she gave us instructions and I started CPR and then Troy took over. Within five minutes the ambulance turned up and took over. We are just so thankful for their quick response and professionalism throughout the incident.’ The ambulance paramedics gave Ziggy oxygen, but he remained floppy and lifeless, and the Rescue Helicopter was tasked. The Air Crewman on board for the call was Graham Nickisson and he said ‘your heart sinks when you hear a job involves a toddler or a baby. We all have family.’ Rachel and Troy felt a great sense of relief when the Rescue Helicopter was called and especially the way the transition was handled. ‘ We just wanted to get Ziggy into the hospital,’ said Rachel. ‘ We were just so worried about whether he would wake up and whether he’d ever be the same again’. Ziggy was airlifted with Rachel from Bill Strong Oval at Nelson Bay to John Hunter Hospital where he remained for a week and underwent every test imaginable. ‘ There was a doctor on board,’ says Rachel, ‘but all the rescue helicopter crew were amazing. Once the doctor checked Ziggy, they strapped him in and connected him to the monitors. The doctor and crew kept reassuring me that everything was OK. Obviously I was very stressed, but they did an amazing job in keeping me calm.’ Ziggy was unresponsive for a very long time and the specialists called his episode an acute life-threatening event. He has been back to hospital for additional tests and a sleep study, but he’s thriving, as Air Crewman ‘N icko’ discovered when the Lockey family visited the Rescue Helicopter headquarters at Broadmeadow at the end of June. Beau, 4, and India, 2, enjoyed seeing the helicopter up close, knowing younger brother Ziggy had been for a ride in one. For his part, Ziggy was content with keeping everyone at the base amused with his gorgeous smile. ‘We are so very grateful for the work the Rescue Helicopter does,’ says Rachel. ‘We were so terrified, but we felt as though we were getting the best help possible in a very stressful situation and we couldn’t be more thankful for that.’ We are just so thankful for their quick response and professionalism throughout the incident A grateful India, Troy, Beau, Ziggy and Rachel Lockey reunited with the Crewman Graham Nickisson RescueStory 16 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2017
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