UPDATE (4:18 p.m.)– Maddie and her family have arrived via air ambulance in Indianapolis. Fox 59’s Joe LePage spoke with Maddie’s biological father, who said he is so grateful for Hoosier hospitality.
ORIGINAL (3:31 p.m.)– A local family vacationing in Florida was devastated when their loved one needed immediate medical care and was told the only way to bring her home to Indiana was by an air ambulance.
Madison Ross, who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy, was rushed to a hospital in Naples, Fla. on the third day of vacation due to breathing problems. Doctors diagnosed her with aspiration pneumonia and immediately put her on a ventilator. Then, the family received disheartening news: they would only be able to take Ross home by air.
In need of a miracle, Ross’ stepfather, David Strauss reached out to Grace on Wings in Plainfield, Ind., a non-profit company for air ambulances. Hal Blank, CEO and chief pilot, offered to cover the costs to bring Ross home, but the family needed to raise $10,000 to cover fuel costs.
Since Fox 59 News first ran the story last Friday, donations and support have poured in for the family. The family raised enough money to bring Ross home, who arrives in Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon.
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