Ruby has the heart to sur­vive any chal­lenge

Young­ster liv­ing proof of amaz­ing doc­tors at chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - SHERELE MOODY Sherele.Moody@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

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.

De­tails: 9telethon.com.au

Photo: Patrick Woods

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.

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