Self­less do­na­tion to fam­ily

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

It was a day of emo­tion and fes­tiv­ity for the Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School Year 12 stu­dents and fam­i­lies on Oc­to­ber 23.

But it was a self­less do­na­tion from the stu­dents which had one fam­ily in tears.

The stu­dents pre­sented Danyelle and Ben Hen­der­son with a cheque for $1056 to help take their son Harry to Bos­ton for med­i­cal treat­ment.

Born in Jan­uary 2014 in Yar­ra­wonga, Harry en­tered the world fol­low­ing a rel­a­tively fine preg­nancy.

There were a few com­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Harry not breath­ing, but it was not un­til four weeks they no­ticed things were not quite right and he be­gan to drop down the growth chart.

A doc­tor as­sured them Harry was ‘‘just a small kid’’.

But when he was six months old and still not any bet­ter, the cou­ple sought an­other opin­ion.

That doc­tor told the par­ents to take him straight to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Harry had se­vere anaemia and if the cou­ple had put it off any longer, Harry could have suf­fered brain dam­age.

He was ad­mit­ted and had a range of tests which re­turned baf­fling re­sults.

Af­ter years and count­less tests and surg­eries, doc­tors are still un­sure as to his ex­act con­di­tion, in­clud­ing an ab­nor­mal­ity to his pi­tu­itary gland and the lat­est un­ex­plained hy­po­gly­caemic episodes which put him in a life-threat­en­ing state.

Now the cou­ple has turned to the com­mu­nity for Harry.

Mr and Mrs Hen­der­son have been told they need to med­i­cal ad­vice from some of the world’s best spe­cial­ists in the United States and started a fundrais­ing page on­line.

The cou­ple thanked Rocky and Bianca Damore, the school and A1 Con­cret­ing for sup­port.

‘‘The sup­port has been over­whelm­ing. It’s not just the lo­cal com­mu­nity but we’ve had peo­ple Aus­trali­aw­ide do­nat­ing or hold­ing fundrais­ers,’’ Mrs Hen­der­son said.

To do­nate on­line, visit­rysfu­ture

Help­ing hand: Danyelle and Ben Hen­der­son and their chil­dren, Josh, Dy­lan and Harry ac­cept a cheque from Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School prin­ci­pal Steve Gale.

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