Mother thanks team which ‘saved daughter’s life’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 July 2015




THE mother of a five-year-old girl, who was taken ill with a mystery condition, has said she is ‘forever grateful’ to the crew which saved her child’s life.

A typical cold turned into something more dangerous for Frankie Sullivan, leaving her in need of emergency help from the Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) critical care team.

The Langford youngster came down with what her mother initially thought was a cold – but when Frankie became unresponsive, worried mum Heather Sullivan called an ambulance.

Halfway to the hospital, Frankie stopped breathing, and the GWAAC team met the ambulance by the side of the road.

They sedated her and put her on a ventilator, before taking her to the Bristol Children’s Hospital, where she remained for a week.

Heather said: “The ambulance girls realised it was serious and got in touch with the critical guys, who joined us on the A38 as she stopped breathing.

“We are still in the dark about what caused her to become so ill so quickly, but we will be forever grateful to the team for making their quick decision which saved our daughter’s life.”

Frankie got a VIP tour of GWAAC’s base after her recovery and critical care doctor Mr Cranston said: “I was very worried about Frankie at the time, as she was a very poorly little girl.

“When I heard she had made a full recovery I was delighted. It was lovely to welcome Frankie and her family to the base, and to see for myself how well she is doing.”

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