Fam­ily walk to say thank you to PMH

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

HEIDI Harris al­ways wanted to give some­thing back to the doc­tors who helped when her son Otis was di­ag­nosed with the rare con­di­tion known as Hirschsprung’s dis­ease.

About one in 5000 chil­dren is born with the con­gen­i­tal dis­ease, which af­fects the nerves that line the bowel and causes lifethreat­en­ing block­ages in the in­testines.

Otis was di­ag­nosed a few days af­ter he was born, with Mrs Harris hav­ing to Google the name of the dis­ease af­ter the di­ag­no­sis.

Otis then had to have bowel surgery over Christ­mas last year and the now nine-month-old has been ad­mit­ted to PMH twice more to treat bowel in­fec­tions, to which chil­dren with Hirschsprung’s dis­ease are more sus­cep­ti­ble.

Now, Mrs Harris and her hus­band are tak­ing part in the John Hughes Big Walk to help give some­thing back af­ter ev­ery­thing PMH had done for her son.

“They were fan­tas­tic with the care of Otis,” she said.

“It was hard for us as a fam­ily be­ing in hos­pi­tal over Christ- mas, but the amaz­ing staff were all work­ing re­gard­less of what day it was and so many peo­ple went out of their way to make Christ­mas spe­cial for us. I found it such a touch­ing and hum­bling thing and we’ll al­ways be grate­ful for that.”

Mrs Harris said although the cou­ple don’t do a lot of walk­ing, they will get some prac­tice in be­fore the make the 6km walk on Novem­ber 8.

“We are hop­ing to raise $500,” she said.

Luke and Heidi Harris and chil­dren Otis (9 months) and Joseph (2) will take part in the big walk.

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