A baby who was rescued by a Life Flight pilot more than a year ago had the chance to meet the man who helped save his life.
Any parent reading this will likely agree that there is nothing quite as terrifying as the prospect of a child being seriously ill. That feeling is magnified the younger a child is because when they are babies they can't tell us exactly what it is that they're feeling. If anyone has to watch their baby rushed to the hospital, well, there is nothing scarier as most parents would effectively feel helpless.
Australian mom, Briana Hile knows exactly how that feels. In fact, Briana likely felt even more helpless than most since when this exact situation happened to her, there was no room in the Life Flight helicopter containing her tiny, very ill son due to the aircraft being filled with five medical specialists tasked with saving her youngster's life.
Just hours after Briana's son William was born, he nearly died due to a blood infection. William was quickly airlifted from his home in Toowoomba to Brisbane. The pilot manning the controls on that day was Andrew Bavage, and fifteen months later he and Willaim got the chance to meet one another under much happier circumstances, as shown below.
"It's not easy to see that, but when you get to see him running around like a happy and healthy kid, it at least makes you feel like you've done your job properly," the Life Flight pilot told 9 News. Mr. Bavage likely doesn't get the chance to meet many of the people he helps rescue. Just last year, Life Flight lifted 5452 people to safety, that's almost 15 people per day.
Shockingly, Life Flight is a charity run venture rather than something that is government funded, similar to many set-ups worldwide. It has been in operation in Australia for 37 years and across almost four decades has airlifted more than 50,000 people. The pilots and employees of Life Flight have done amazing work in that time and countless family's lives would be very different if it wasn't for their work.
So thank you, Life Flight! And we are so happy to see this little guy reunited with the man who helped to save his life.