Family walk to say thank you to PMH
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.