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Duchess Meghan shares beautiful moment with young cardiac arrest survivor during Australian tour

It was a touching exchange.

By Juliet Rieden in Dubbo
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are making a big impression on Dubbo on day two of their royal tour, and the precious moments from the expectant mum-to-be just keep coming.
The royal couple thrilled a cheering crowd at the Royal Flying Doctor Service at Dubbo Airport, and the Duchess of Sussex made a tender exchange of flowers with young girl whose life had been saved.
Meghan shared a beautiful moment with a young girl while visiting Royal Flying Doctor Service in Dubbo. (Image: Getty Images)
A shy three-year-old, Keiley Storer, handed over a posy of gerberas and daisies to the Duchess, to which Meghan said, "Would you like one back?"
She then returned a white flower, before asking the little girl, "Would you like the big pink one?"
Keiley, whose father is RFDS patient transfer officer, Christopher Storer, cried briefly, saying, "Oh no, my posy".
The Duchess received some sweet gifts from fans in Dubbo. (Image: Getty Images)
Dubbo locals showered the royals with flowers! (Image: Getty Images)
Keiley's mother Melissa Storer said she told the Duchess about the serious larynx problem that had sent Keiley into cardiac arrest aged eight weeks, and said "We don't wish that for your baby".
Meghan then laughed and said "I certainly hope not", Melissa Storer said.
She explained the royal couple was "very laid back... and I didn't even have to think about curtsying."
Keiley Storer was one of three country patients meeting the royal couple whose lives were saved after they were flown in from outlying properties and bush towns by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
They were among a crowd of around a hundred patients, staff and RFDS volunteers gathered inside the service's airport hangar.
Meghan and Harry are visiting Dubbo for day two of their royal tour. (Image: Getty Images)
Courtney Sheil, 15, was on her cousin's sheep station outside Tilpa, 700km northwest of Dubbo when she fell off her motorbike and hit her head. Courtney said when she told Meghan about her resulting head injuries, the Duchess replied, "That must have been very scary".
"[Meghan and Harry] were really glad I was okay," Courtney said later, saying the couple was "very nice and inviting".
"They were amazing people and she was even more stunning in person."
The Duke and Duchess also met Afghanistan war hero Marcus Wilson, an Australian Army veteran who is also competing in the Invictus Games sailing competition.
Mr Wilson, who won a bravery award pulling wounded out of a helicopter crash, said Harry was "excited" about the coming games.
Nerrie Madden, 70, posed for a quick picture with her daughter, Terri-Lee Leach, the mother of RFDS Dental assistant Emmy Leach, and the Duchess.
"I asked her and she said yes immediately," Ms Madden said.
"She's beautiful, just a natural."
Harry and Meghan dedicated a new Beechcraft King Air B350 propeller plane bought from Wichita in the US to the Dubbo & Region Supporters Group.
The group raised the money for the local emergency retrieval transport to mark the 90th year of the RFDS, which was given its royal charter by the Queen in 1955.
After dedicating the new plane, Prince Harry bent down and sniffed a large buttercream celebration cake before cutting it to mark the occasion and stealing some buttercream from the knife, licking his lips.
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