Henry’s only way home

Henry’s only way home

Nine week old Henry has only spent four days at home since birth. Due to his rare condition he has spent most of his life in various hospitals and at only four weeks old he had complex surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

After five weeks recovery from his surgery, Henry was finally stable. His parents, Shevonne and Ben, hoped that although he would need ongoing care, he may be able to be transferred to a hospital closer to their home in Leeds where Henry and his parents could have the support of their friends and family.

However with a 200 mile journey between GOSH and Leeds General Infirmary, it wasn’t possible for Henry to be transferred by road ambulance. The only way Henry could be transferred home safely was by plane; a costly option that the NHS is unable to fund.

Henry’s parents, Shevonne and Ben, were thrilled to find out Lucy Air Ambulance for Children (Lucy AAC) would be able to transfer Henry by plane. A Lucy AAC plane transfer meant he could get to Leeds quicker and his complex respiratory needs could be supported with a transport humidification system.

After waiting over a week for a bed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Leeds General Infirmary, Lucy AAC were finally able to transfer Henry from GOSH to Leeds. Shevonne accompanied Henry on the flight and said, “Henry looked so cute during the trip and he was so content and settled.”

Henry settled in quickly at the PICU in Leeds and had visitors within hours of landing. Shevonne said “It is amazing to be back in Leeds now. Our first night at home in nine weeks! Thank you so much for making that happen!”

Shevonne and Ben are relieved to be home surrounded by support from friends and family whilst Henry received further ongoing care.

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