Ruby has the heart to survive any challenge
Youngster living proof of amazing doctors at children’s hospital
LITTLE Ruby Large has the heart to survive any challenge life sends her way.
When Ruby’s mother Yvette Gunton found out there was something very wrong with Ruby, 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.
FIGHTER: Ruby, Yvette and Wayne are urging locals to donate to the Children’s Hospital Foundation Telethon. Ruby spent nine years having her severely damaged heart fixed and has finally got the all-clear from doctors.