Triplets back in lifesaving chopper
by LUIS FELIU
EIGHT-year-old Cobaki triplets Gemma, Laura and Daniel Torresi were this week welcomed on board by RACQ Careflight as special crew members - and not for the first time.
But the triplets, who helped launch Careflight's exciting new web-based kid's club at a special function at Gold Coast Airport on Monday, were not wearing safety helmets when they were first taken aboard the rescue helicopter on June 27, 1997.
That day they were in the chopper on an emergency medical mission - hours away from being born - when their mum Julie was airlifted from Tugun's John Flynn Hospital to the Royal Women's Hospital in Brisbane where the triplets were delivered by caesarian section 10 weeks early.
Mrs Torresi, who recalled the emergency flight yesterday, said the triplets even made the return journey to John Flynn Hospital where they spent three weeks there before going home to Cobaki "three weeks before they were due".
During the Careflight Kids launch on Monday, the Torresi triplets were made honorary junior crew members but they didn't get to go for another chopper ride.
"They were very excited and had taken time off school for this and were hoping to get a lift in it but I told them it was pretty expensive yet they were thrilled to get a t-shirt and pencil case each," she said.
RACQ Careflight executive officer Ashley van de Velde said the new kid's club was an innovative way for children to become involved in the service and enjoy some great activities on-line such as games, competitions, colour-in pages, safety messages and interaction with the Careflight crew.
"They can also become official members by joining the RACQ Careflight Junior Crew for a yearly subscription of $5 for which they'll receive a welcome gift, access to member-only competitions and invitations to special kids' events," he said.