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Jock Mowat, Canterbury

Jock was a healthy, happy boy until, after a brief illness, his heart began to race and his chest rapidly filled up with fluid.  Doctors in Christchurch worked to stabilise Jock, while the hospital suffered aftershocks from the first Canterbury earthquake.  Jock was then airlifted to Starship on the Starship National Air Ambulance Service.

Once at Starship, doctors discovered that Jock had Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a blood condition which in Jock's case was malignant and starting to give him leukaemia.

Jock had his first bone marrow transplant just two weeks before the second earthquake in February 2011. Sadly the first transplant failed and Jock later received a second transplant.

The family finally returned home in September 2011 after nearly 9 months at Starship.

Jock is doing well and has been helping us promote the Mobile Phone Appeal and the National Air Ambulance Service.