December 27, 2011
A local aviation company helped grant a Christmas wish this year for a family thousands of miles away.
A nine-year-old boy named Koa, who lives with his family and two dogs in Kauai, touched down in San Luis Obispo last week. He needs a life-saving medical treatment at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas, but isn’t able to travel on prolonged commercial flights. So that’s where Aviation Consultants, Inc., based in San Luis Obispo, stepped in.
Koa suffers from developmental delay, autism, macrocephaly and severe seizure disorder. He has periodic seizures that can last for a day or more and has no medication or therapy to stop them. The older he gets, the more likely he is to die from one of these seizures.
Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has a neurology team skilled in this disorder and can treat Koa, but because of his condition, he couldn’t make the prolonged commercial flight. Koa’s family was limited on how they could get their son from Hawaii to Kansas City because of their remote geographic location.
ACI happened to have its Citation X jet in Kauai and was able to provide the flight for Koa’s family and his two dogs.