Irish snow heroes carried sick boy three kilometres during Storm Emma weather to get him to hospital

Little Logan Shepherd, seven, needs medical machinery 24/7 and when Storm Emma killed the power lines he had to be dashed to hospital.

But blizzards and waist high snow drifts meant no vehicles, not even the army jeep sent, could get near his home in Cleariestown, Co Wexford.

Mum Louise told the Irish Mirror: “Logan has a milk feed connected all of the time. “When the power goes, we run the house on a generator. But that blew and my partner Michael spent hours trying to fix it.

“They had said the electric would be back on at 8pm, but when it wasn’t we were in trouble.

“We didn’t have enough charge left in the battery to get him through. It was down to just two bars.

“Logan, has a series of complex medical needs, and was just home from Crumlin.

“He went in on January 1 and only got home the Thursday beforehand.”

After a 999 call, Advanced Paramedic Declan Cunningham and Corporal Steve Holloway were sent to rescue him.

Louise continued: “But no one realised how bad the roads actually were. They couldn’t reach us.

“It was getting late at night and colder. They had to get out at the main road and start walking to the house.”

Soldier Stephen is trained to battle through dangerous conditions, but Declan said it wasn’t something he ever expected to encounter in his own home town.

“It was at least three or four feet of snow.

“I fell at one point. It was so difficult that at one stage I fell and when I put my arm down to help myself stand up arm went right down through the snow right up to my shoulder.

“It was hard to get back up on my feet.
“I tried getting a helicopter, but it was unavailable.”

With darkness creeping in, the clock was ticking.Louise said: “We wrapped Logan in as much clothing as we could. He had layers on him.

“We left the house and began walking down our road to meet them to save time. The snow was up to our knees and our waists in places.”

Her partner Michael and daughter Amilia, nine, helped lug the rest of his specialised medical equipment that the hospital wouldn’t have.

The lifesaving pair met the family a short distance from their home. They took turns piggy-backing little Logan and hauling the bags.

Charismatic corporal Steve had also showed his warm heart last week when he starred in an episode of RTE’s First Dates Ireland.Louise continued on the trek with them, but Michael and Amilia turned back.

She added: “I didn’t even know if they had made it back to the house OK because the phone signal was down along our road.

Louise says there were three heroes on the day, but one wasn’t wearing a uniform. “Michael tried absolutely everything that night to get the generator to work. “He is very shy and never takes any credit for everything he does for us, but maybe here I can tell him how much he means.

“He’s not their daddy; he passed away. But he has taken them on as his own.

“It takes a really special person to take on a special child.”

Originally read on Irish mirror

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