SCARBOROUGH resident Krystle Wyatt experienced first hand the work of staff at Princess Margaret Hospital when her son Levi was born with a rare condition that nearly cost him his life.
Now the Wyatt family will join thousands on the John Hughes Big Walk this November for the PMH Foundation, to raise money for PMH’s Neonatal Unit where Levi spent his first six months.
Ms Wyatt said Levi was born premature at 26 weeks with a condition called trachea-oesophageal-fistula, which meant his oesophagus was not fully formed.
“The single most frightening part of our stay was when Levi had an operation to drain fluid over his lung, because his lymphatic system had been disrupted as a result of previous surgeries and he was having immense trouble breathing,” she said.
Ms Wyatt said she could not have got through the ordeal without the nurses at PMH’s Neonatal ICU unit.
“The staff were just phenomenal, because they’re not only looking after children but they’re also looking after all the parents, including first- time parents like me,” she said.
Ms Wyatt said despite the initial scare Levi, got through his surgery for related complications and is now recovering well.
“All up we spent 166 days at the Neonatal ICU and then in another ward until I was finally able to bring him home.”
PMH Foundation chief executive Denys Pearce said that for the first time this year, John Hughes Big Walk participants will be able to choose where they want to direct their fundraising in PMH.
“Participants will have the option to choose to direct their Big Walk fundraising to one of 12 different wards, which means that families can elect to fundraise for the cause that is closest to their heart,” Mr Pearce said.
Register for the Big Walk at www.bigwalk.com.au.