Monday, 9 May 2016

Ayla's run for air ambulance lifesavers

Photo, L-R: Sisters Ava and Ayla Kashani

A seven-year-old girl from Eastbourne is to take part in a 2.5k run this weekend (May 14th) to raise funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance that helped save her life.

Ayla Kashani suffered a ruptured spleen after she fell from a climbing frame and had to be given emergency treatment at the scene by the charity helicopter’s doctor and paramedic.

The schoolgirl was flown with her mother Ellie to St George’s Hospital in London where she was in intensive care for 24 hours.

Ayla spent a week at the specialist Major Trauma Centre before she was finally allowed back home and has since made a full recovery.

Now, a year on from the accident, Ayla and Ellie are to take on a 2.5k in aid of the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on public donations.

Ellie said: “The air ambulance crew were absolutely brilliant. Thanks to their skill and expertise, combined with everyone at St George’s, Ayla has made a remarkable recovery.”

Runners will be dressed as Superheroes as they take on the 2.5k and 5k run which starts and finishes at St Andrews Prep School in Eastbourne.

The charity run starts at 9.30am at the school grounds in Meads Street and is open to members of the public for a £10 entry fee. To enter, please call the school on 01323 733203.

The school has so far raised almost £4,000 for the air ambulance from a number of events including a Burns Night, Advent Fair, Mufti Day, BBQ and Christmas carol service collection and nativity play.

Ayla is planning to present the cheque to the crew who helped save her life, during a visit to the helicopter base later this year.

She was the first paediatric patient to be given a pre-hospital emergency transfusion of plasma by a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the UK.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance started carrying blood in February, 2013, followed by plasma in March last year. The procedure is now carried out an average of 10 times a month.


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