Jess Hicks lives in Polperro and suffers from a severe form of Asthma called Brittle Asthma. This type of asthma is difficult to stabilise, even with medication. The unpredictable nature of the condition means that attacks happen suddenly and can become life-threatening very quickly.
Jess or her family regularly need to ring for an ambulance and she is admitted into hospital. In recent months there have been four occasions when Jess’ attacks have been so severe that she would not have survived if taken to hospital by road. On each of these very time critical occasions Cornwall Air Ambulance was needed.
The aircrew have the equipment and expertise to administer lifesaving treatment on route to hospital. In Jess’ words, “I know I am safe when the helicopter arrives” and “I can’t fault them, they are absolutely outstanding”
The difference in the time taken to get Jess to hospital by helicopter instead of road saved her life four times. Jess stated, “I would not be alive if it wasn’t for Cornwall Air Ambulance”.