Life­flight makes big dif­fer­ence for fam­ily

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­[email protected]­ton­star.com.au

A TIMELY in­ter­ven­tion from the skies made all the dif­fer­ence for young Mad­dox Porter and his fam­ily.

Along­side his lit­tle brother Ash­ton, he was sit­ting on a ride-on lawn­mower driven by their mother Shel­ley on Easter Sun­day when they hit a bump.

He tum­bled off the mower and his left hand was se­verely in­jured af­ter it got caught un­der the blades.

While on their way back from com­plet­ing an­other mis­sion in Toowoomba, Mad­dox was swiftly air­lifted by RACQ Life­flight Res­cue from the fam­ily prop­erty in Gat­ton to the Lady Ci­lento Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

“It’s pretty sim­ple. If they hadn’t have come, Mad­dox wouldn’t have a hand,” Shel­ley said.

In the months since, the seven-year-old has un­der­gone so many surg­eries his par­ents have lost count, and he un­der­goes reg­u­lar oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and daily ex­er­cises to re­ha­bil­i­tate his hand.

“He’s good men­tally, it doesn’t seem to have wor­ried him too much,” fa­ther Michael said.

“He’s more or less ac­cepted that his hand is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent. He’s just get­ting on with it be­ing a seven-year-old.”

The Porters know with­out the in­ter­ven­tion of the he­li­copter res­cue team, the re­sult would have been very dif­fer­ent for their son.

The fam­ily has been col­lect­ing do­na­tions to cover the ap­prox­i­mate $12,000 it costs to com­plete a sin­gle Life­flight Res­cue, col­lect­ing just more than $9000 so far.

Mad­dox is miss­ing fin­gers and a thumb on his in­jured hand and doc­tors won’t op­er­ate again un­til early next year.

His spe­cial­ist is hop­ing to give him a thumb one day but they have to as­sess how the rest of his hand heals in the mean­time.

“Whether he will end up with full move­ment, we just have to wait and see,” Shel­ley said.

“They ac­tu­ally re­moved his fibula – his en­tire fibula from his leg – and that’s what they've used to re­build the top of his hand, so they re­ally need to see how that bone is go­ing to grow in his hand.

“They told us from day one that it was go­ing to be a re­ally slow process, so we just have to take it as it comes.”

Con­trib­ute at: give.ev­ery day­hero.com/au/mad­dox -porter-s-chop­per-ride.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HEALING HAND: Shel­ley, Mad­dox, Ash­ton and Michael Porter on their Gat­ton prop­erty.

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