Jayden Ridley (middle) is pictured with helicopter crewman Steve von Bratt and his mum Jenny.
Jayden Ridley (middle) is pictured with helicopter crewman Steve von Bratt and his mum Jenny. Jacklyn Wagner

Miracle boy joins North Coast doorknock teams

WHEN 12-year-old Jayden Ridley awoke out of his 100-hour induced coma, the first thing he saw was a dragonfly balloon floating above his bed.

His mother asked if he liked his 'butterfly' and was overjoying to hear him disagree with her about the shape - it meant his brain had not been damaged in the freak accident that left him hanging by the neck on a rope.  

It was the quick response of the Casino Ambulance Service and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter that ensured Jayden received the urgent medical attention he needed.

The boy hopes being involved in this weekend's doorknock appeal will give something back to the service which saved his life.

The helicopter's annual Awareness Week was launched at its Lismore base yesterday. The base is hosting a public open day this Saturday from 9am-3pm. The service hopes to raise $150,000 in its annual doorknock this weekend.


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