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 Air
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
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.