Decision to fly pays dividends

The Dianella family at Disneyland in the US on holiday recently.
The Dianella family at Disneyland in the US on holiday recently.

Mrs McCusker whose son Victor (1) was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just four weeks, was denied travel insurance by 1Cover (part of the Allianz Group) after assessors deemed Victor unwell to travel due to him having to take an antibiotic containing amoxicillin and clavulanate.

At the time, Mrs McCusker told the Stirling Times she felt there was little understanding of the condition, as her doctor had given her son the all clear to travel and the antibiotic declared on the insurance application was a preventative and standard treatment for the first two years of her son’s life.

Mrs McCusker said while she was initially worried her son could become ill and the family trip cut short, the visit to Seattle and Disneyland went off without a hitch and her son was well the entire trip.

‘I was worried about him catching a cold or something from the recycled air on the plane, but he was totally fine and none of us were sick at all, Mrs McCusker said.

‘It was a real highlight spending time with family and both of the boys got to see their grandma and it was the first time most of the family got to meet Victor, so that was really special.’

Mrs McCusker said although the family had endured some stress during the lead-up to the holiday she would tell other families in the same situation to go for it, if given the all-clear from their doctors.

‘Your doctor knows your child and their medical situation and is the best person to give advice on whether a patient is well enough to travel and you can’t let CF run your life, you have to get out there and experience all of it.

‘Obviously be sensible, have a backup plan in place in case of emergency but if you are up for the trip then absolutely go.’