Schoolgirl, six, was just minutes from death

THE father of a brave schoolgirl who battled back from a severe asthma attack left her “minutes from death” has paid tribute to Southampton doctors who saved his little girl.

Ross Walters has told of the moment he rushed daughter Jasmine to A&E in the dead of night when she was struck by an attack which left her unable to breath.

Now will show his heartfelt gratitude by hosting a fundraising day in honour of the medical staff who launched a race against time to save her.

Their ordeal began after six-year-old Jasmine had been tucked up in bed at his house in Tanners Brook, Southampton.

The Townhill Infant School pupil, who was diagnosed with asthma at seven months old, is normally fit and healthy, but her condition can often aggravated during cold and damp weather.

But Ross, 33, said that her condition “rapidly went downhill” that night, despite him giving her inhalers.

He said: “I came into her room and she was coughing, wheezing and whimpering. I was trying to calm her down and give her an inhaler.

“She began struggling in the afternoon and didn’t want to go to hospital.

“She carried on getting worse through the night and I had to make the decision and take her to hospital.

“I rushed her up there at midnight. I abandoned the car and sprinted across to the hospital.

“I feared the worst, she was minutes from death. My heart was beating and people were trying to talk to me and I just tried to hold it all together.”

Doctors were forced to drill a hole in her leg to attach a cannula to administer medicine and treat her.

She was taken to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) where she was sedated for 57 hours.

Now Ross, a gas engineer, wants to say thank you to PICU by hosting a fun day with activities at a Southampton salon his friend Emma Crowley runs.

He launched the idea after Jasmine was released from hospital earlier this month and he has already raised £270 towards his goal of collecting £1,000 for the 14-bed PICU which looks after 1,000 patients from across the south of England each year.

Jasmine – a keen swimmer, dancer and cyclist – will have her hair dyed pink hair for the day – while Ross will have his hair shaved off.

He said: “I owe the staff more than I can ever pay back in money or thank-you’s.

“She is normally the smartest and fittest kids and I want to do this to raise awareness of asthma attacks and hopefully if can save other kids’ lives.”

The event takes place from 1pm on November 27, at Elite Cuts Salon in Ashley Crescent, Sholing and there will also be a magician and representatives from Hampshire Constabulary and South Central Ambulance Service.

A spokesman for Southampton General Hospital said: “We’re always glad when someone wants to raise funds for any part of the hospital.

“I’m sure the other staff will be really pleased that Ross wants to contribute to our work.”

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