Glenreagh toddler saved by his family dog. Alexander Brockbank and dog Leala 14 SEPT 2015Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
Glenreagh toddler saved by his family dog. Alexander Brockbank and dog Leala 14 SEPT 2015Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Miraculous story of Alex and trusty dog shared on national TV

THE story of little Alex Kenney, the toddler saved by the family's dog Leala, has touched the hearts of many people across Australia and abroad.

National and international media have shared the Kenney family's miraculous story about little Alex's amazing rescue on Saturday, September 5.

A huge effort from the Nana Glen first response crews to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was the driving force behind saving the Glenreagh toddler's life.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter aircrewman Todd Seymour was aboard the flight transporting Alex to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital.

Mr Seymour said the rescue was "a massive group effort" from everyone involved in getting Alex to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

"At the end of the day it was a massive achievement by everyone, not just us - we were just the fast taxi," he said.

"Thanks to the dad and his mates who did great CPR and then the paramedics on scene who did what they did and then our team taking over."

Alex was admitted to the PICU at around 9pm on Saturday, September 5, just 90 minutes after the helicopter took off from the Nana Glen property that night.

The total operation, from the initial call to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, stabilising Alex and arriving at Lady Cilento Hospital, was three hours and 50 minutes.

Mr Seymour explained the turnaround was fast considering the drive from Nana Glen to Brisbane alone was about five hours, which may have proved too late for young Alex.

Alex returned home last Thursday, September 10 after spending three days in hospital.

Mr Seymour said he received a call to hear Alex was "a little fighter" and was back at home sitting on his mum's lap.

"For me I got straight onto the phone and called the pilot that was on and let him know," he said.

"We both said it really makes the job all that much better to hear a story like that because the possibilities in that instance were stacking up against him."



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