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Flight #121

Flight Hero: Maggie Rigaux

Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Flights of Compassion Required: 3

Travel Loyalty Points Required: 45,000

Points Raised: 45,000

Points to go: 0

Note: This flight has been split with another flight hero to accommodate the number of people who required flights.

My name is Ashley. I would like for my 5 year old daughter Mattaley, my 2 year old son Damian and their grandma to come visit me and my 4 year old daughter from for Christmas.

On Monday October 26 2015 my 4 year-old daughter Addison started getting really sick and throwing up a funny color of green. I thought this was vary strange as the night before she told me that she was not feeling well. As I monitored her throughout the night and her not getting any better I called the emergency number and they told me to take her to the hospital emergency room right away, and so I did.

We arrived around 4:30PM. The doctor was called and as soon as he arrived the rushed Addison for x-rays and ultrasounds of her abdomen. After talking about the results between the doctor and the technicians, they informed me that they are going to have to fly us to the BC children’s hospital that night. The doctor told me that there would be an ambulance ready to go at 8:00PM. By this time that gave my 45 minutes to go home and pack a few things that we needed. I was able to get 2 pairs of clothes for Addison and myself. As I sat there waiting to go my husband was able to bring us our toothbrushes and a pillow and blanket as he said goodbye to us.

We got in the ambulance at 8:15PM. And drove about an hour to the airport where there was a medic jet waiting for us. It took just over another hour to fly to Vancouver where there was another ambulance waiting for us. It took about 20 minutes to get to the BC children’s hospital. When we arrived more doctors were waiting for us. They had to re-IV Addison’s arm because they had so much trouble getting it in to her in Kitimat. They had to reposition the IV so she could get a better flow of the medicine. After they moved her IV they took some blood work and got her ready for more x-rays to see if they could get a better look at what was causing the illness. They told me that she had a huge mass on her kidney. When they got the blood work back they told me that her blood counts are getting dangerously low and that they have to give her a blood transfusion.

At about 4:00AM we got put in a room. At about 8:00AM more doctors came in and told us that she has a poetical wilms tumor, which is a censorious tumor mostly found in younger children, and that she was scheduled for surgery that Friday. During surgery they removed her right kidney and the tumor.

Now with our 6 months of chemo just starting, having to go in once a week, seeing my kids for Christmas would be a wish come true. Please and Thank you from our family.

Flight Hero Sponsor:

Maggie Rigaux has committed to helping Give A Mile raise at least 25,000 miles for one of the 25 flights of compassion that we hope to make possible this 2015 holiday season. When we are connected with a recipient for this flight we will update this page accordingly.

We are so thankful for all the miles donated and the help this provides us to award flights to people seeking hope, hugs and togetherness with loved ones in their time of greatest need.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you or someone you know is in need of a flight of compassion.