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Hannah (4) reunited with hero air crew who saved her

A LITTLE girl who was helicoptered to Dublin for urgent treatment when she was only two days old has thanked the Air Corps pilots who carried out the mission.

Hannah Connolly, who was born with a life-threatening heart condition, is now four, and her mum Louise says she is a happy and healthy child.

But it was a different story when she underwent heart surgery due to pulmonary atresia and two holes in her heart when she was six days old in November 2009.

Days earlier, she was transferred from Letterkenny to Dublin by hero Air Corps crew Capt Finbar McArdle, Capt Michael Noonan and Airman Dave Tiernan.

Hannah met them at Dublin's Casement Aerodrome on Thursday during a special reunion she attended with Louise and dad Eddie.

Louise said: "Only for these men at the Irish Air Corps this would never have been possible.

"Thanks to them along with the staff at Our Lady's in Crumlin we have an absolutely happy and healthy wee princess who lights up every minute of our lives."

Hannah thanked the crewmen and was presented during Thursday's visit with a special Air Corps teddy bear which crews give to comfort young children during emergency flights.

She surprised them by bringing along the one she got almost five years ago.

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