Christopher Potter - Rise For Rescue Ambassador
Christopher Potter - The Littlest Battler
Rise For Rescue Ambassador - Rescue Story
Christopher Potter spent four of his first five months in
He was born in December 2018 with rare condition called
tracheoesophageal fistula (TOF). This meant that his oesophagus did not connect
to his stomach and he was born unable to swallow, and if left untreated, he
would literally drown in his own saliva.
This required him to have surgery within the first couple of
days after meeting his parents, Joanne and Rob.
He had a pretty rough recovery as Christopher's condition
was described as complex requiring him to be in hospital for six weeks.
Rob had just got home from work.
“Christopher had sounded rattly and Rob and I re-positioned
him to his side as this normally helped - instead this time it had the opposite
effect and he just stopped breathing. It was a very strange sound and I
grabbed the phone and dialled 000 immediately,” Joanne said.
“I didn't realise it was any different to previous episodes
until a couple of minutes into the call when it became clear that things were
really wrong this time, I just knew we needed help,” she said.
While Jo was on the phone to Triple 0, Rob moved quickly to
provide his seven week old baby with CPR. Rob is in the Rural Fire Service and had
undertaken first aid training which included children’s first aid before
Christopher was born.
This was the second time that Potters called Triple 0. A few
days earlier, he was transported back to hospital after going blue, floppy and
unconscious. He was discharged the following day only to become seriously
unwell a day and half later.
Within 17 minutes there were three ambulances, two police
cars and the Rescue Helicopter had landed.
“Rob and Jo’s quick thinking saved their little boy’s life,”
said Sean Valance who was the flight paramedic on board that February
The helicopter landed at the school oval in Gwandalan in
Lake Macquarie and he was flown immediately to the Children’s Hospital at the
John Hunter Hospital before being flown to the Sydney Children’s Hospital for
another major surgery.
Christopher has undergone two major and 12 minor surgeries.
“He still has some
hurdles to jump, but he is a pretty strong little boy and doing well. He has
the best medical team with him. Because of the amazing work of our emergency
services the team at the Rescue Helicopter he was put in the specialist care he
needed so quickly. We are so grateful to everyone,” Jo said.
The Potter family were guests at the Belmont Base where they
had the opportunity to re-meet some of the crew that were on board the day that
Christopher was transported to Sydney.
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THANK YOU - Rise for Rescue final blog postThursday 3rd Dec
The end is near!Monday 30th Nov
Week 4 endSaturday 28th Nov
PlanespottingWednesday 25th Nov
Fireman ChristopherSunday 22nd Nov
Locally Grown & SuperheroesWednesday 18th Nov
Hot and StickieMonday 16th Nov
What a beautiful daySunday 15th Nov
Weekly wrap upSaturday 14th Nov
Music for MovementThursday 12th Nov Today was my first time at my new Physio group session called music for movement.
Remembering AND Bongos at BedtimeWednesday 11th Nov
High Flyer!Tuesday 10th Nov
Booming Great!Monday 9th Nov
There's no stopping me now!Sunday 8th Nov
Weekly wrap upSaturday 7th Nov
Rhyme timeThursday 5th Nov
Growing in the communityWednesday 4th Nov
Airborne AngelTuesday 3rd Nov
There were some other boys out on their bikes enjoying the nice sunshine and I said hello (in my own way - I don't talk much.... yet).
A Big Woosh from OOSH!!!Monday 2nd Nov
Let the games beginSunday 1st Nov
Off to a flying start!Wednesday 28th Oct
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