Family gives back to hospital

Debra Butler with daughter Millar (2), sons Hunter, Angus and Callum and daughter Georgia. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d400134
Debra Butler with daughter Millar (2), sons Hunter, Angus and Callum and daughter Georgia. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d400134

Her eldest son, Callum, 12, and seven-year-old twins Hunter and Angus, were all born with haemophilia type A, and can spend months in hospital if they hurt themselves because of their blood’s inability to clot.

In fact, Callum was in hospital almost continuously from November last year to January because a palm frond splinter in his knee caused internal bleeds.

The boys have daily blood noses and are at PMH weekly, if not fortnightly.

‘They can’t just go to a normal dentist, they see dentists and physios at PMH because haemophiliacs get spontaneous bleeds and these need to be treated properly to prevent arthritis in their joints,’ Mrs Butler said.

‘The staff on haematology/oncology are just amazing,’ she said.

Ten-year-old Georgia also spent weeks in hospital to repair a bowel disorder.

This is the first year the Seville Grove family will join with other volunteers to sell Wear a Bear Day merchandise to raise funds for the hospital.

Wear a Bear Day, on May 31, is the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation’s biggest fundraiser and merchandise features the Foundation’s mascot, a bear called Stitches.

Stitches merchandise outlets include Chicken Treat, IGA/Progressive Supa IGA, NAB, Pharmacy 777, and Caltex outlets across the south east metropolitan area.

Turn to page 9 for pictures of babies born at Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital recently