Chrissy and Artie Alley in Warwick for Clothes Swap
Chrissy and Artie Alley in Warwick for Clothes Swap Bianca Hrovat

Warwick mum pays it forward after child's life saved

IF IT weren't for a RACQ LifeFlight helicopter, one-year-old Artie Alley might not be here today.

As a newborn he contracted a serious infection that became septic and risked claiming his little life.

Now, his mother Chrissy Alley is holding a charity clothes swap event as a gesture of her gratitude for the charity that helped save her baby's life. .

RACQ LifeFlight rushed Artie from Warwick Hospital to Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane after he experienced high temperatures and severe dehydration.

Forty-five minutes, three lumbar punctures and one intraosseous injection later, Artie was in a stable condition recovering and diagnosed with a septic bladder infection.

"We didn't know what was wrong with him at the time," Mrs Alley said.

"We only went to see our GP because he was feeling a bit warm and our thermometer at home was playing up."

Had the treatment taken any longer, the infection could have spread to Artie's brain and caused meningitis.

"I genuinely think the outcome would have been different if it weren't for LifeFlight," Mrs Alley said.

"Time was of the essence."

After arriving in Brisbane, the family was fortunate to have a quick-thinking doctor and the world leader in aeromedical care helping their sick boy.

Mrs Alley is determined to ensure other families have the same opportunity when crisis hits.

"They rely a lot on the charity of people and donations to be able to operate," she said.

"I'm a full-time, stay-at-home mum, and my husband is a teacher, so we just didn't have the means to contribute in a way we considered meaningful on our own."

The mother of two banded together with a group of high school friends and fellow Warwick mothers to host a clothes swap to help raise money for the life-saving service.

"I just wanted to do something good to generate interest, provide people with a service and give them the opportunity to give back," she said.

Entry to the clothes swap will be $10 and then all clothes are available for free.

The charity clothes swap will be held on Saturday, May 25 from 2pm to 4pm at Warwick Baptist Church.

There will also be lucky door prizes, Devonshire tea and baked goods available with a gold coin donation.

All proceeds go to RACQ LifeFlight.



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