Mum s plea for blood donors
York mother Carly Veitch with Ella, 10 weeks. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

York mother Carly Veitch's life was saved by the kindness of strangers.

After the 30-year-old first-time mother gave birth at Northam Hospital she began to haemorrhage so badly she was minutes from death.

But the Royal Flying Doctor Service orchestrated a remarkable 17-minute mercy dash by RAC helicopter to Perth which saved her life.

Mrs Veitch would still not have survived but for 2½ litres of blood donated by strangers. She is now urging people to give blood to the Red Cross and to support the RFDS.

Mrs Veitch, who with husband Phil runs a wheat and sheep farm, said her pregnancy was considered so low-risk she had no qualms about giving birth in Northam, which has no anaesthetist or intensive care unit.

Daughter Ella was born healthy on May 29 after a gruelling 14-hour labour but then the problems began.

Mrs Veitch started to lose an alarming amount of blood and Northam Hospital called the RFDS to take her to Perth.

RFDS doctor Andrew Barnes said the situation was extremely serious.

"Carly continued to haemorrhage at a rate faster than we could administer replacement blood, so we had to administer adrenaline to prevent complete collapse of the circulation," he said.

Mrs Veitch said Dr Barnes later told her she had been minutes away from death.

"Andrew said I probably had five to 10 minutes he could keep me alive, which meant if I went in an ambulance I would have died on the road," she said.

The West Australian

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