A HOSPICE THAT FEELS LIKE HOME
WHEN Brad and Mel Cooper walked into Hummingbird House – Queensland’s only children’s hospice – they immediately felt a weight had been lifted.
Their son Cody (twin brother of Nate) who was almost two at the time, needed around-the-clock care after being diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy and meningitis soon after his birth.
“It was just realisation that you were no longer alone … coming to Hummingbird House meant we could just be together as a family,” Mrs Cooper said.
Mr Cooper credited their time at Hummingbird House in the months before Cody died, with easing the strain on their relationship.
The hospice will open to the public today for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, with guided tours from 10am-3pm.
OPEN DAY: Brady and Mel Cooper with their children, Nate, 4, and Kade, 15 months-old, at Hummingbird House, in Brisbane’s north.