A Leeds airline helped ensure a poorly baby, who lives 1,000 miles away, got home safely after life-changing surgery in the city.
Multiflight, based at Leeds Bradford Airport, stepped in to help four-month old Seth Murphy, who suffers from nerve illness Erb’s Palsy, get home to Majorca safely after specialist treatment at Leeds General Infirmary.
Complications during the tot’s traumatic birth in Palma, Majorca, left him with nerve damage which threatened to leave his right arm paralysed.
Months of fact-finding led to Seth, whose English parents live in Palma, Majorca, being referred to experts at LGI, where his family was told he needed a graft to repair severed nerves. It also meant the infant faced a 1,000-mile post-op trip home.
The delicate six-hour surgery, where nerves from Seth’s calves were grafted to his arm and shoulder, meant he had to be laid flat and still for four-weeks, so his mother Justine appealed for help - and that’s when Multiflight stepped in.
Justine, 32, told the YEP: “Our focus was completely on our son and getting him home safely, I phoned so many companies and so many people. We’ve been feeling so desperate – it was like a huge weight had been lifted.”
Multiflight donated a family return ticket, so Seth could be stabilised after the operation. He flew home yesterday, and will have his cast removed next month in the hope of being able to move his arm.
Miles Beecham, Multiflight director, said: “We were moved by Seth’s story and wanted to help if we possibly could.”
ERB’S PALSY FACTBOX
Erb’s Palsy, also known as Brachial Plexus Paralysis, is often caused by birth trauma and can affect any of the five primary nerves that supply the movement and feeling to an arm.
The paralysis can be partial or complete depending on the severity of the nerve damage.
The Erb’s Palsy Group is the only UK-based organisation offering advice, information and support to affected families.
For further details visit www.erbspalsygroup.co.uk.