Towns rally for Me­gan

Great Southern Herald - - News - Michael Traill

The com­mu­ni­ties of Wagin and Dum­b­leyung have ral­lied to­gether for one of their own, Me­gan Henry, who was di­ag­nosed in Jan­uary with an ex­tremely rare con­gen­i­tal ve­nous mal­for­ma­tion.

On Au­gust 25 and 27, 50 shear­ers vol­un­teered their time to crutch 4700 sheep on Dare Farm in Dum­b­leyung, to raise vi­tal funds for Ms Henry’s surgery.

From the two days $10,000 was do­nated to a Go-Fund-Me page for Ms Henry, who will travel to see specialists in Syd­ney at the end of Septem­ber.

The con­gen­i­tal ve­nous mal­for­ma­tion means Ms Henry has ex­tra veins and ar­ter­ies that wrap around her “nor­mal” ner­vous sys­tem in her head, throat and neck — caus­ing se­vere ef­fects on her res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem.

Ms Henry has suf­fered se­ri­ous and de­bil­i­tat­ing symp­toms in the past 24 months, and a small amount of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity would give her breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties be­cause the ex­tra veins and ar­ter­ies in her neck would swell.

Two sac­cu­lar aneurysms were found in her neck when she was di­ag­nosed in Jan­uary.

How­ever, with surgery comes risk: the lo­ca­tion of ve­nous mal­for­ma­tions in her body means that there is a 80 per cent chance she will suf­fer a stroke.

Ms Henry is stay­ing pos­i­tive though, and is thank­ful for her “won­der­ful com­mu­nity” and the sup­port they have given her.

“The com­mu­nity I live in has been amaz­ing,” she said.

“Words will never ever be enough to ex­press just how thank­ful and grateful I am, I’m so lucky to call both Dum­b­leyung and Wagin home.”

Pic­ture: Louisa Dare

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who vol­un­teered their time to crutch sheep on Dare Farm.

Pic­ture: Louisa Dare

Over two days, 4700 sheep were crutched

Pic­ture: Me­gan Henry

Me­gan and two of her sons, Henry and Mar­shall Henry.

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