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Mum’s relief as Yeadon aviation firm flies to Seth’s rescue
A mother’s pleas were answered when an aviation firm came to the rescue to fly her sick baby home.
Four-month-old Seth Murphy had undergone urgent surgery at Leeds General Infirmary when his mother Justine appealed for help to get him home to Majorca. And she was delighted when Yeadon-based Multiflight offered to take them back for free.
The youngster, who suffers from Erb’s palsy – affecting the movement and sensation in his arm – had to be kept as flat and as comfortable as possible after the potentially life-changing nerve graft surgery.
Seth was booked in for the operation in Leeds earlier this month after an assessment in September.
In her letter to Multiflight Justine said: “After surgery he will be in a lot of pain, and we need to keep him flat and as comfortable as possible.
“This means being able to have him laid in his cot opposed to causing him discomfort in our arms on a commercial flight, or even being strapped into a car seat which just won’t be viable as his top half must stay rigid as not to affect the work that will have been done with his nerve graft.”
Karen Hillyer, Chairman of the Erb’s Palsy Group, supported the appeal. She said: “Seth will have considerable strapping round his head, neck, arm and body in order to immobilise his shoulder and arm movement in order not to put any undue strain on the graft site rendering the six-hour surgery a waste of time.
“A good nerve graft surgery at this age would mean that Seth has a chance at a fairly normal life, with some measure of independence throughout his life.
“The surgery is very time- limited and so does not afford the family time to save up for fares and as this will be the second time in a three-week period they have had to pay for travel costs, you can imagine this will cause some hardship for this family.”
Miles Beecham, Multiflight Director, said: “We were moved by Seth’s story and we are delighted we were able to accommodate the family’s needs and assist in giving baby Seth the best possible chance of recovery.”
After the company offered to fly them home Justine said: “I can’t tell you what an immense relief it is. I have contacted so many people and companies on the promise of hearing back and nothing. I am smiling for the first time since having the news; my heart is smiling too.”