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The CN-235 transport plane landed at Rotterdam Airport yesterday to bring the little girl home

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The flight used a Casa 295 aircraft as seen here. PHOTO: Air Corps Facebook

The flight used a Casa 295 aircraft as seen here. PHOTO: Air Corps Facebook

The flight used a Casa 295 aircraft as seen here. PHOTO: Air Corps Facebook

The Irish Air Corps has successfully brought a baby girl back to Ireland from the Netherlands where she had been rushed to two months ago on an emergency medical flight. 

The CN-235 transport plane landed at Rotterdam Airport yesterday to bring the little girl home after she recovered from her treatment.

A spokesperson for the Air Corps said it was a medical repatriation operation.

“We don't have the specifics as to what the procedure was or why the child had to go there but it was a rush job to get them over there,” he said.

“Because the UK has the population and the medical treatments they usually cover everything we don’t have, so this is this was one step above.

“We delivered the child and her family over there and were supposed to pick them back up 10 days ago but unfortunately she became unstable and entered a risk period. Thankfully she has come out the other side.

“We then got a call there last Friday come to pick up them up, which we did on Monday, yesterday.”

The Air Corps captain explained that the National Ambulance Service provides for most hospital transfers.

“But if they need rapid transfer they call us and we can provide either a fixed wing asset or a helicopter,” he said.

“We used the Casa 295 yesterday which is primary a maritime patrol aircraft. But it can also be capable of being refitted into what is essentially a mini-ambulance so the medical team can travel with the patient.”

A post on a Dutch website said the seriously ill baby was taken to Erasmus MC in Rotterdam for treatment that was not available in Ireland.

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“Today the Air Force came to Rotterdam with one of their aircraft to pick up the baby again,” a post on the site reads.

"Around noon the aircraft landed at the airport and about 3.5 hours later the aircraft departed again, back to Ireland.”

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