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Things could have been very different for James

Our time-critical inter-hospital paediatric transfer service has been running since 2020. Since then, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has undertaken 15 transfers of time-critical children to specialist care centres across the South West. At 13 years old, James Clark was one of them. James' mum tells us more...

It was Christmas morning in 2020. James woke up early being violently sick; it was black in colour. We immediately called an ambulance and James was rushed into St. Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight where we live. While he was in A&E, they quickly realised that he had a ruptured appendix and a potential bowel perforation.

James needed an urgent operation. He would also need monitoring on intensive care, both before and after the procedure (a service that St. Mary’s do not have for children on the Isle of Wight). The surgical team at Southampton were consulted and they wanted to perform the operation that evening. With the addition of no ferry services operating due to it being Christmas Day, the hospital team arranged for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to come and collect James and transfer him by air.

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