Navy rescue allows dying woman to recieve treatment at UCLH, despite Iceland ash cloud
A DYING woman defied the volcanic ash cloud to fly into a local hospital for life-saving treatment thanks to the Royal Navy. Fife resident Jacqueline Oliver needed treatment at the Heart Hospital – part of the University College London Hospital – hundreds
A DYING woman defied the volcanic ash cloud to fly into a local hospital for life-saving treatment thanks to the Royal Navy.
Fife resident Jacqueline Oliver needed treatment at the Heart Hospital - part of the University College London Hospital - hundreds of miles away after an aortic aneurysm ruptured in her chest in April.
Thankfully Ms Oliver became was rescued by a Sea King helicopter who flew her straight to Regent's Park.
Consultant cardiac surgeon John Yap said: "The ash cloud could have killed her.
"Being able to fly into a centre, which is a world leader in treating this particular condition, saved her life."
Ms Oliver said: "I would have died if they hadn't got me here. It's amazing to think that a volcano in Iceland could have had such an affect.
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"I can't remember anything and was totally amazed when people told me the story about what had happened. It makes me realise how lucky I am to be alive."
Pilot and duty aircraft captain Lieutenant Al Hinchcliffe said: "We just flew as fast as we could and hoped that we would get her there safely.
"I'm absolutely delighted to hear that she's safe and well and has made a good recovery - it's always nice to hear about a positive result.