Heart to sur­vive it all

Ruby’s brave bat­tle

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - SHERELE MOODY Sherele.Moody@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

SUN­SHINE Coast young­ster Ruby Large has the heart to sur­vive any chal­lenge life sends her way.

Ruby’s mum Yvette Gun­ton found out there was some­thing very wrong with Ruby when she was 20 weeks preg­nant.

The un­born in­fant’s heart had not formed as it should have done – there was a gi­ant hole and one of the main ar­ter­ies was un­der-de­vel­oped.

Ruby was born a week ear­lier than ex­pected and five months later she un­der­went open heart surgery.

Over the years Ruby has had five ma­jor op­er­a­tions, with the last one tak­ing place ear­lier this year.

“Our last check-up in Au­gust showed her heart func­tion is as nor­mal as it can be,” Yvette said.

“Her oxy­gen level is nearly per­fect and it is ex­pected she will not have more surgery un­til she is 15 or 16.

“We are so lucky to have the doc­tors – with­out them we would not have her now.”

Ruby has spent about four months in to­tal at Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Bris­bane.

She is one of thou­sands of Queens­land and North­ern NSW chil­dren who ben­e­fit from the ser­vices of the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Th­ese in­clude Juiced TV, where chil­dren host the show and in­ter­view celebri­ties; Cud­dle Car­ers; mu­sic, pet, bed­side play and other ther­apy pro­grams; and the Book Bunker li­brary.

“No one knows what it is like to be in hos­pi­tal while your child is a pa­tient there,” Yvette said.

“The foun­da­tion vol­un­teers were great – they would make her smile and let her know that be­ing in hos­pi­tal was not al­ways about bad stuff.”

The Chan­nel Nine Telethon

is the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s key fundraiser.

As well as sup­port­ing pa­tients at QCH, money raised dur­ing the telethon pays for vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment, re­search and a range of med­i­cal ser­vices through­out Queens­land and North­ern NSW.

The foun­da­tion hopes to raise more than $12 mil­lion when Queens­lan­ders tune into the telethon on the Nine Net­work on No­vem­ber 17.

Do­na­tions can also be made at par­tic­i­pat­ing Wool­worths, Big W and Bank of Queens­land out­lets.

De­tails: 9telethon.com.au.

Pho­tos: Patrick Woods

BY THE NUM­BERS● Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal treated about 13,000 in­pa­tients from re­gional Queens­land and north­ern NSW over the past year.● The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion pro­vides a range of sup­port ser­vices for sick chil­dren and young peo­ple at­tend­ing QCH and hos­pi­tals across Queens­land.● About $1.7 mil­lion of CHF funds have been in­vested in re­gional pae­di­atric wards.● More than 42 per cent of chil­dren vis­it­ing hos­pi­tals in Bris­bane come from re­gional areas and many of th­ese are the most vul­ner­a­ble and dis­ad­van­taged in Queens­land. BET­TER NOW: Ruby un­der­went med­i­cal care for nine years to treat her se­verely dam­aged heart and she has fi­nally re­ceived the all-clear from doc­tors.

Ruby, Yvette and Wayne urge peo­ple to do­nate to the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion Telethon.

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