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Northern NSW : Rescue - Autumn 2014
Lucas Burrows was two and a half years old when he contracted the potentially deadly meningococcal infection. In less than 24 hours he went from a happy, bubbly child to a patient in desperate need of specialist treatment. On Sunday 21 April 2013 Lucas had been vomiting, had a fever and a restless night. On Monday morning he was no better and the decision was made to take him to hospital. His mum, Melissa, was growing more concerned each moment as he began to develop rash-like spots covering the length of his legs. His doctor took immediate action to transfer Lucas to the Paediatric Assessment Unit of Wyong Hospital. The medical team advised Melissa and his dad, Russell, that their little boy had meningococcal symptoms and that the best option was to rush Lucas to specialist care at the John Hunter Hospital. The Rescue Helicopter transferred Lucas and Melissa immediately. Once at the ICU, medical staff confirmed Lucas had Meningococcal Septicaemia, C strain and had a 50 per cent chance of survival. "Monday 22 April 2013 was the worst day of my life - my whole world shattered into pieces when the words no parent ever wants to hear were spoken -- 'your son may not make it'." 'He was on half a dozen different drips trying to keep him hydrated and flush his system. Overnight he improved and moved out of isolation. For the next two weeks, the children's ward of the John Hunter Hospital was our family's home,' Melissa said. Melissa said that Lucas was very lucky although his recovery has included many hours of physiotherapy to help him regain his strength. 'We are in awe of the work of the hospital staff at Wyong Hospital and John Hunter Hospital, and the work of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service,' she said. Quick transfer makes difference The rash-like meningococcal symptoms covering Lucas' body Lucas Burrows Do you know someone who has been assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service? We would love to hear their story. Please call us on 1800 155 155 or contact by email on firstname.lastname@example.org 3 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2014
Winter 2014 redo