On a trip to Manchester from their home in Dorset, Naomi and Pete were surprised by the early arrival of baby Mollie, 10 weeks ahead of schedule and over 200 miles from home.

Weighing under 3lb 3oz, Mollie was too fragile to travel such a distance by road so Lucy Air Ambulance for Children was asked to help with an air transfer.

Expectant parents Naomi and Pete had got up early on the 14th November to travel from their home in Dorset to Manchester.

Naomi had been experiencing a normal healthy pregnancy and with 10 weeks to go, this was going to be their last ‘treat’ weekend away.

They arrived in Manchester at around 10 o’clock when suddenly Naomi’s waters broke, and they were soon on their way to St Mary’s Hospital. Being 10 weeks early they were naturally anxious about what was going to happen. Over the course of the weekend they went through numerous midwives, as labour kept starting and stopping, until at 3.50am on the 16th November baby Mollie arrived. She was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit straight away and her parents were able to see her a few hours later. They were relieved to have Mollie there safe and sound, and to see that she was doing well, but they were worried about what was going to happen next. Being over 200 miles from home they didn’t know where they would stay, how long for and how they would get home with their new arrival.

Over the next week as Mollie continued to get stronger, talk began about how they would all get home.

“We were amazed to find out that the preferred method of transport was to fly her home, due to the distance and her vulnerability,” said Naomi. “Thankfully the transfer was organised and fully funded by the wonderful Lucy Air Ambulance for Children charity. The relief to hear that we were going home was immense. Although the care we received from every single member of staff was amazing, to be able to be moved to a hospital closer to home and to be in familiar surroundings meant so much to us all, especially knowing that Christmas was around the corner.”

The transfer day arrived and due to the usual respiratory complications associated with a premature birth, the baby girl required continuous monitoring during the flight. Being able to move her by air meant that the duration of travel was shorter and the impact of traffic congestion was alleviated. The transfer was performed by a specialist neonatal aeromedical transfer team, crewed by two pilots trained and operating under multi-crew co-operation (MCC) procedures, ensuring maximum safety.

Mother Naomi was made to feel very at ease and was reassured that Mollie was receiving the best possible care. The whole process went smoothly, and they were soon settled in at Dorchester hospital. Being back closer to home meant that both Mollie and her parents could get support from family and friends, helping them through this troubling time.

Mum Naomi said

We wish to thank Lucy Air Ambulance for Children for bringing our special little daughter home.  Until you are affected by such an issue you don’t realise that these charitable services are out there and what a crucial and fantastic job they all do.