Fam­ily fundraiser in aid of life­savers

WICK­LOW RAPID RE­SPONSE SAVED LIT­TLE ALI­SON (2) EAR­LIER THIS YEAR

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

A GREY­STONES fam­ily is hold­ing a fundraiser for Wick­low Rapid Re­sponse af­ter they saved the life of two-year-old Ali­son Slater.

Ear­lier this year, Ali­son suf­fered a se­ri­ous ana­phy­lac­tic re­ac­tion. Wick­low Rapid Re­sponse (WWRR) was in the Grey­stones area and im­me­di­ately tasked by the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to at­tend to her. The WWRR doc­tor was able to ad­min­is­ter vi­tal treat­ment and med­i­ca­tions to Ali­son prior to the ar­rival of the am­bu­lance and also ac­com­pa­nied Ali­son to Crum­lin hos­pi­tal in the am­bu­lance to con­tinue her treat­ment.

It was on Valen­tine’s Day this year that the two-year-old Ali­son al­most lost her life, when an ex­treme al­ler­gic re­ac­tion trig­gered a shut­down of her sys­tem that, mer­ci­fully, was sta­bilised by Wick­low Rapid Re­sponse’s Dr David Men­zies. The fact that it took the am­bu­lance a long time to ar­rive meant that, with­out Dr Men­zies and the WWRR vol­un­teer group, Ali­son wouldn’t be here to­day.

Al­though Ali­son had re­ceived her epi-pen on time, her body con­tin­ued to swell. She was hav­ing dif­fi­culty breath­ing and was in great dis­tress.

It by sheer co­in­ci­dence that Dr Men­zies hap­pened to be so close and made his way straight to Ali­son’s side.

The lit­tle girl’s par­ents were aware that she suf­fered al­ler­gies but had no idea the re­ac­tion could be so se­vere that it would be life-threat­en­ing.

‘The good doc­tor that saved my lit­tle girl vol­un­teers 140 hours a week on top of his day job as a con­sul­tant in emer­gency medicine in St Vin­cent’s,’ said Ali­son’s mum, Ruth Kid­ney. ‘Cer­tainly Ali would not be here to­day with­out the WWRR.

As a way of say­ing ‘thank you’ to Wick­low Rapid Re­sponse, Ali­son’s par­ents, Ruth and Ben, have or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing gig at The Hot Spot on Fri­day, Novem­ber 10, with Gypsy Lacey pro­vid­ing the mu­sic, with great raf­fle prizes up for grabs on the night too. Any­one who can’t at­tend but would like to sup­port the ven­ture is urged to buy a ticket any­way or to do­nate di­rectly to Wick­low Rapid Re­sponse.

‘So I tried say­ing thanks, but hon­estly that seemed a bit lame,’ said Ruth. ‘A din­ner voucher doesn’t re­ally cut sav­ing my daugh­ter’s life. So my­self and my hus­band or­gan­ised a trad gig.’

WWRR pro­vides ad­vanced pre-hos­pi­tal emer­gency med­i­cal care to the peo­ple of Wick­low and be­yond in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice. Their costs in­clude in­sur­ance, equip­ment and med­i­ca­tion.

Tick­ets for ‘Ali­son - One More Life Saved’ cost €15 and are avail­able at eventbrite.ie.

Ali­son Slater from Grey­stones was treated and sta­bilised by Wick­low Rapid Re­sponse while wait­ing for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive on Valen­tine’s Day this year af­ter she suf­fered an ex­treme al­ler­gic re­ac­tion.

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