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A six-year-old Fenland girl and two of her school friends will be making a splash to help raise cash for the emergency ambulance that helped her sister.

Esme Thornhill and friends Zara Jackson and Gracie Howe will be diving into the George Campbell pool at March next month to raise money for Magpas Air Ambulance, which relies totally on public support to provide its life-saving service.

The caring six-year-old from March made her decision to help Magpas after her little sister Isla, three, needed their help earlier this month when she stopped breathing as a result of a condition called 'Blue Breath Syndrome'.

Esme Thornhill centre and her friends Zara Jackson (left) and Gracie Howe are doing a sponsored swim for Mapas. (51412516)
Esme Thornhill centre and her friends Zara Jackson (left) and Gracie Howe are doing a sponsored swim for Mapas. (51412516)

Isla, who mum Willow Thornhill, describes as a real 'ray of sunshine' has suffered with the condition where she holds her breath instead of crying as a result of injury or pain.

Willow, who is married to Aaron, explained the condition is quite common in young children who thankfully grow out of it around the age of six.

Most children who suffer with the syndrome will usually snap out of the not breathing spell quite quickly, but unfortunately Isla doesn't and it often results in a seizure.

Esme Thornhill with her little sister Isla who was helped by Magpas medics. (51412527)
Esme Thornhill with her little sister Isla who was helped by Magpas medics. (51412527)

On September 7 Isla bumped her elbow on a door frame which caused a breath holding episode which led to her suffering a seizure that lasted for seven minutes, followed by a 30 second period where she wasn't breathing at all.

Willow, said: "Unfortunately Isla had an infection which made the seizure worse than normal.

"We wer fortunate enough to receive care from an NHS first responder, ambulance crews and Magpas, who acted so swiftly and calmly to give Isla the very best care.

"I have to admit seeing those green uniforms when the paramedics turn up is such a huge relief, but watching the Magpas team also arrive filled me with dread for what was going on with my little girl.

"But they were brilliant and worked alongside the paramedics to provide Isla with the best possible care and we are so grateful to them and the paramedics. Thankfully Isla has made a fantastic recovery.

"However Esme has decided to do a sponsored swim to raise money for the air ambulance that came to her sister's aid.

"She and her friends will be swimming 20 lengths of the George Campbell pool on October 3 to raise money for Magpas, which is funded only through public donations - which we were shocked to find out.

"I have set up a Gofundme page and we have already raised over £1,000 which is fantastic because every penny counts.

"Magpas Air Ambulance brings lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life threatening emergencies in the East of England and beyond te Magpas medical team receives enhanced training which allows them to offer procedures and treatments at the scene which are usually only available in hospital.

"This means that the care the team delivers doesn't just save lives it helps seriously ill and injured people return to a good quality of life."

To sponsor Esme, Zara and Gracie visit the Gofundme page."



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