Christopher Potter - Rise For Rescue Ambassador

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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 hospital.

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 afternoon.

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.

Thank you to our Sponsors

$500

Booming Business Pty Ltd

$265

Margaret Kinvig

$212

Gwandalan Oosh

Children at oosh earned (play) money for doing tasks so as to save for a PlayStation, they were given the option to donate or save. The children all wanted to donate. We feel this is a great cause.

$200

Water Bore Pumps

A wonderful little boy with such caring parents, inspiring me to donate so other people can be helped.

$159

Anonymous

Great job little man, your mum and dad must be super proud of you. Stay strong ❤️

$106

Anonymous

$106

Marjorie Samuelu

Always meant to donate to this worthy cause, didn’t mean to leave it until it almost finished😳

$106

Alisa

Such an inspiration!

$106

Anonymous

My favourite little ChrisP Wombat.

$106

Claire Burnett

Little Christopher, I am so glad the rescue helicopter were available to take you and your mum and to the hospital to save your life!! I know your parents, family and friends are appreciate all the work the wonderful medical staff do to save lives. 💓💓💓💓

$106

Anonymous

$100

Dan And Bel Clements

$100

Edmond

much love to Christopher, Jo & Rob. peace. Edmond

$95

Anonymous

$83

Diane Schofield

Best wishes for Christopher's journey. Aren't we lucky to have such a wonderful service in our area. One hour's pay is a small donation to make to them.

$80

Millie Mcguigan

Well done Christopher!

$57

Anonymous

Congratulations on reaching your goal. An awesome effort.

$53

Rob Potter

$53

Anonymous

$53

Anonymous

Very touched by your courage Christopher & family. Best wishes for your future health & happiness.

$53

Toni Woodcock

$53

Treanor Family

Much love to you all and huge appreciation to the rescue helicopter team.

$53

Nick Seccombe

Thanks for sharing your story. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter makes such a huge difference to so many lives. Glad to hear that even though he still has some hurdles, Christopher is doing well. All the best!

$53

Lyn Spies

Christopher you are such a wonderful strong little fighter. We Love Yiu xx😊😊🌷🌷♥️♥️

$53

Jennie Agustin

$53

Amanda Mcdonald

happy to support such a vital service for our community. Keep soaring over those hurdles Christopher!

$53

Sandra South

Lots of love little guy!

$53

Pam Miller

$53

Jane Bugeja

All our love and hope for the future Christopher

$53

Elena Scifleet

$53

Louise

Hey Chris, I have heard lots about you and how you have needed so much intervention for such a young man. You mum and dad are lucky to have you in their life and I hope this small expression of support helps to keep these services in the air for special people like you :)

$53

Tamara Gregoric

$53

Ross & Lesley Wells

Glad to donate to such a good organization.

$53

Bronwyn Fenner

Best wishes We all need this service the rescue helicopter has saved so many lives. Thank you Christopher🌟

$53

Grammy

you are an amazing little fellow, we kinda love you xx

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Matthew Green

What a brilliant initiative Chris and family. More than happy to help you out buddy.

$50

Chris Chappell

Wow Rob so sorry to read the difficulties you guys have faced as parents. What an amazing job our ambos, rescue services and the rescue helicopter do. They were there for my Dad many moons ago. Wishing you, Jo and Christopher all the best.

$50

Julie Volpe

May you be blessed little man.

$50

Anonymous

$50

Abhijot Kaur

Lots of Blessing to Chris and His Parents. Stay Strong :)

$42

Rob Potter

Thank you for all that you do.

$27

Lee Neal

$27

Anonymous

Little cutie. Amazing service we can not live without, many thanks

$27

Kirralee Chadwick

Happy to donate to such a worth cause. Good work Jo almost there! Xo

$27

Anonymous

Oh my goodness!! We can't leave YOU out!!! I didn't realise you were fundraising separately... Here's a little something so you don't feel left out. 😊

$27

Christopher Potter

Thank you to all the wonderful people involved with Westpac Rescue Helicopter!

$27

Anonymous

$27

Tricia Downs

$27

Joanne Absalom

$27

Kathryn Mungoven

$27

Sharyn Hooper

Wonderful service and glad there was such a great outcome for your family. Take care.

$27

Donna Pendreigh

$25

Sherilee Mcmanus

You’re a fighter Christopher!! I can’t wait to see all your adventures

$25

Sherilee Mcmanus

You and your mum are both AMAZING!

$25

Belinda Wilberforce

$11

Suzie Johnston

$10

Chris P Wombat

The last little bit needed to reach the goal. $4000! GO TEAM!!! Thank you Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

$7

Anonymous

$5

Anonymous

$5

Julie Mueller

$5

Chris Mcmillan

Christopher, brilliant work for a great cause.