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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
Two year old flying high after rescue It’s every parent’s worst nightmare; watching their two- year-old in distress. After a short stint in the Emergency Department of Coffs Harbour hospital, two year old Ellie Hoy’s breathing worsened and she was flown to the Intensive Care Unit at the John Hunter Hospital. Ellie’s mum, Sarah, said transportation took place in a very professional yet compassionate way, with much care and concern for Ellie, Allan and herself. Ellie spent six days under heavy sedation and remained intubated. She was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and Type 1 respiratory failure, and after more than a week in hospital, Ellie was given the all clear to return home, just in time for her second birthday. ‘During one of our many times in the ICU waiting rooms, my mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, Allan and I, decided that instead of giving Christmas presents to each other, we would donate the money to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service,’ Sarah said. The family raised $1,000 which will be donated to the Manilla Volunteer Support Group, a group that Allan has been a member of for some time. At his Mexican themed 60th birthday party at Bellata Golf Club, birthday boy, Peter Eather, managed to raise $1,845 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. In 2011 Peter was retrieved by the Service after he was crushed between a tree and his tractor. Thanks to the Service, Peter is alive and well and is still farming today. He showed his appreciation by asking the 70 guests to make a contribution to the Service in lieu of gifts, an idea which was well received by all. Birthday boy donates Allan, Ellie and Sarah with the chopper Peter Eather with his family – (L-R) Peter Eather; daughter, Joanne Eather; wife, Connie Eather; daughter, Emily Luff. Eraring Energy presented cheques to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and CanTeen at its Christmas party in December. Achievements of monthly targets by Eraring Power Station employees, under their Safety Performance Donation Scheme, netted a gift of $7,795 to each organisation. Eraring Donation Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2013 Page 17