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Northern NSW : Rescue - Autumn 2014
Aboating accident on the shores of Lake Macquarie 18 years ago sparked one of the Service’s longest and most valued friendships. Lili le Mesurier wasn’t quite two years old when the keel of a boat fell and pinned her at her uncle’s birthday party. Her mother, Simone remembers the moment vividly. ‘She was totally pinned under the weight, only her tiny feet were in sight. My brother and his friends lifted the weight off her and the ambulance was called.’ After the ambulance arrived the Rescue Helicopter was tasked to airlift Lili to the John Hunter Hospital. ‘T hree times on the flight Lili crashed and the on board paramedics revived her,’ Simone recounted. ‘It’s very possible that she wouldn’t have survived the trip in the ambulance.’ Lili was in a coma for seven days. Her condition had not changed and her devastated family were facing a decision about life support when she woke up the next morning. Lili suffered a broken skull from the front right side of her head to the top of her spine. All the bones in her right ear had been broken and she had damage to the right side of her brain. Most importantly however, she was alive. Lili has now finished school and is currently enjoying a working holiday in Europe. Since the accident, Simone has passionately supported the Service through the formation of the Angel II Volunteer Support Group in the Dora Creek area. One of the first events the Support Group organised was a charity day with Rugby League legends, Wayne Pearce and Paul Sironen, who met a number of local children who had been assisted by the Service. Simone said the event raised around $18,000 for the Rescue Helicopter. Accident begins life-long support ‘It’s such a strange feeling, knowing that these people had such an impact on our lives. They do such a fantastic job.’ Simone and Lili le Mesurier 13 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2014
Winter 2014 redo