Aircraft on standby to bring baby Lilli home

AN AIRCRAFT is on standby at Gold Coast Airport to fly to Thailand and bring sick eight-month-old Lilliana Sheridan home.

After reading Lilliana's story in the Gold Coast Bulletin today, Medical Rescue director Glenn McKay has reached out to Lilliana's family and insurance company to help.

Dr McKay said the majority of his medical staff had raised their hands to volunteer to do the trip for free.

Dr Glenn McKay (in the foreground) from Medical Rescue has contacted Lilliana’s family about helping her get home safely.
Dr Glenn McKay (in the foreground) from Medical Rescue has contacted Lilliana’s family about helping her get home safely.

"It is good to do good things and this is one of those," he said.

"I have spoken to the family and have extended our offers to help.

"As a medical company we have personnel on standby and an aircraft on standby."

The Gold Coast-based business has been in touch with the insurance company covering Lilliana.

Despite Medical Rescue offering its staff for free the family are still desperately trying to raise funds for the medevac.

The fundraising effort had a hiccup on Monday night when Ms Robinson deleted her Facebook account associated with the donating page.

Facebook shutdown the page at the same time as part of its procedures, emailing all donors that their money would be handed back.

However Facebook today said the situation would be rectified.

"Our hearts go out to the family and their efforts to raise important funds for their daughter," a Facebook spokesman said.

"In this instance, the fundraiser was removed automatically after the personal account linked to the fundraiser was deleted. We are reaching out to the family and working to rectify the situation with them."

It is expected the more than $12,000 would be returned to the family.

Lilliana is still in Phuket and needs to be transported to Bangkok before she can get a medevac back to Australia.
Lilliana is still in Phuket and needs to be transported to Bangkok before she can get a medevac back to Australia.

Her parents Elisha Robinson, 23, and Jai Sheridan, 25, from Nerang are desperately trying to get Lilliana back to Australia as Thai doctors have been discussing amputating Lilliana's legs.

Lilliana was raced to a hospital in Phuket on Thursday when she contracted meningococcal through septic poisoning.

On Friday Elisha Robinson made an emotion plea for help to save her daughter who is sick in Phuket.
On Friday Elisha Robinson made an emotion plea for help to save her daughter who is sick in Phuket.

Her arms and legs were swollen and black and purple.

Ms Robinson made a heartfelt plea for people to donate O negative blood on Friday as there was none left in the hospital for Lilliana.

Within a day more than 1000 people had donated blood to the Red Cross and Lilliana started to improve.

Lilliana is in a Thai hospital and her parents just want to bring her back to Australia for medical treatment.
Lilliana is in a Thai hospital and her parents just want to bring her back to Australia for medical treatment.

However, on Monday doctors still had concerns that she may lose one or both of her legs due to infections caused by the diseases.

Her father Mr Sheridan said they were still waiting for approval to move Lilliana from Phuket to Bangkok.

Once they were in Bangkok there was more of a chance of bringing Lilliana home.

Dr McKay said once Lilliana was at a Bangkok hospital they would assess her medical records and know the best course of action.

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