Just 10 days after giving birth to her son Tucker, Julie St Louis had to rush her baby son back to North Shore Medical Center after the sudden onset of a serious illness. On arrival at the hospital, it became clear that Tucker needed an emergency transfer to Boston. Luckily for the St Louis family, the Boston MedFlight transport team were on hand to ensure baby Tucker was delivered safely and swiftly to the Boston hospital.
On 24th July 2013, Julie St Louis gave birth to her second son, Tucker. Following the birth, Julie developed an infection and had an extended stay in the hospital for treatment, but 10 days later she was on her way home to introduce Tucker to his family. The excitement of the new baby’s arrival quickly turned to anxiety, though, when Tucker developed a high fever.
Julie and her husband rushed their new son back to North Shore Medical Center where the doctors performed a spinal tap on Tucker. The test showed that he had developed bacterial meningitis and needed to be transferred without delay to Boston where he could be treated for this serious illness.
That’s when the Boston MedFlight team arrived at North Shore Medical Center, ready to transfer Tucker via ground ambulance to Boston. Tucker was placed in a neonatal isolette for this critical transfer during which he had to be continuously monitored by the Boston MedFlight team.
“They placed him in the incubator and hooked him up to a number of monitors so they could keep track of his condition during the transfer,” explains Julie. “I rode in the ambulance with Tucker and the team. At that stage I had developed heart palpitations so they had the job of monitoring me, too.”
During the 40 minute journey, Julie says the Boston MedFlight team took expert care of her baby Tucker and Julie herself. “Tucker had to be kept in complete isolation; the team had to wear protective suits and take all the necessary precautions. They were so attentive to Tucker and so helpful to me in answering all the questions I had. It was such a difficult and scary journey, but through their actions the Boston MedFlight crew made me feel calmer.”
On arrival at Boston the team settled Tucker into the intensive care unit where he had to stay for a week. He subsequently recovered from his ordeal and returned to his family in Salem.Julie and her family are now looking forward to the upcoming pediatric reunion with the Boston MedFlight team on May 17th 2015. “We are very thankful for a service like Boston MedFlight, and our crew that took great care of us on the scariest day of our life. We look forward to reuniting with them in the future so they can meet the amazing little boy that I know in my heart they were an integral part in saving.”