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Grateful family donates ambulance to Levine Children’s Hospital

Michael and Kelly Hughes, far left, celebrate their donation of a pediatric ambulance with the staff of MedCenter Air at Carolinas HealthCare System.
Michael and Kelly Hughes, far left, celebrate their donation of a pediatric ambulance with the staff of MedCenter Air at Carolinas HealthCare System. Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas HealthCare Foundation has received a $348,900 gift from the Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation for a specialized ambulance for transporting critically ill infants and children under 8.

Michael and Kelly Hughes of Charlotte made the donation in response to the care their son William received at the Levine Children’s Hospital emergency department last year. William, then 5, had fallen off his scooter and suffered a head trauma, but he fully recovered with no permanent damage. The Dekelboum foundation, based in Maryland, is named for Michael Hughes’ grandparents.

The new pediatric ambulance, the second of its kind in MedCenter Air’s ground fleet, differs from those for adults. Among other things, it has a refrigerator to transport breast milk and vital medications, a special heating and air conditioning system to meet the critical needs of transporting small children, and a built-in iPad that can be used to distract children or to communicate with hospitals and physicians.

Karen Garloch: 704-358-5078, @kgarloch

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