This airport means a lot to me and my family as it helped to save Gabrielle’s life when she was just one and a half years old. Like some of you are, I was in the mind set that I would never use the airport, bad things happen to other people not me and my family.
Well boy was I wrong!! My little girl had a febrile seizure (totally common in little kids) but hers went one step farther… she was not coming out of the seizure and was starting to have a hard time breathing. We just happened to be on the Southside when it began but luckily we were only minutes from the ferry landing and the ferry was just docking.
The amazing ferry crew whisked us across the lake and off we sped to meet the ambulance who would take my baby to the Burns Lake hospital. When we arrived Gabrielle was blue/grey in color from not breathing.
The wonderful Dr. Graetz managed to fit a huge tube down her throat (they didn’t have tubes for little people) and while trying to figure out what was wrong with my baby they called Prince George Hospital who had no idea how to help this little girl who was now nearing half an hour seizing-nothing seemed to be working.
The only place that may be able to save my baby’s life was Childrens Hospital in Vancouver. The medevac jet arrived (moving her to top priority) very quickly and the amazing staff on the jet had to work on my baby the whole way to Vancouver. By the time they got her seizure to stop she had been seizing for 49 minutes. It was a very quick trip (if I remember right it was like a half hour flight).
Without this airport we could easily have lost our little girl since no where in the North could help her! Please vote to save our airport, you never know when you or someone you love may need it.
Burns Lake, BC