Big night to help Katrina

Mandy Wyer with her gallant daughter Katrina who has a major liver condition. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409438
Mandy Wyer with her gallant daughter Katrina who has a major liver condition. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409438

With a photo booth, raffles, silent auction, a balloon artist, games and prizes, the night will help support nine-year-old Katrina and her family while she undergoes medical testing in Sydney to go onto the liver transplant waiting list.

Mother-of-two Mandy said the family could be home one week later ” in time to return for Katrina’s night on November 9 ” but depending on test results, could be longer.

‘It could be three months, which is a lot of earnings, we’re just trying to be sensible and if we can relieve some of that worry at least then we can concentrate more on the girls,’ she said.

‘It’s amazing what people have done for us, even the little small things add up, people don’t need to give us thousands if everyone did a little bit ” its really helping.’

Katrina’s condition is caused by the build-up of a complex sugar called glycogen; the accumulation of glycogen in her liver impairs its ability to function normally.

She is fed milk feeds through her stomach every hour and a half and goes on a pump every night ” which she is keen to get rid of.

‘The first night I come home without my pump I’m going to get up in the middle of the night and scare mum,’ Katrina said.

Other than that, Katrina does not know what she wants to do after receiving a new liver because she has never had the chance to be a ‘dare devil’.

When asked about the operation, Katrina was more worried about boredom than the procedure itself.

‘She doesn’t seem to be too excited or worried about Sydney trip yet, which is good in a way,’ Mrs Wyer said. ‘She’s very cheeky, bless her, but it’s probably her defence mechanism and that’s how she’s going to get through it.’

After Katrina goes onto the transplant list the family can only play the ‘waiting game’ and for now, are looking forward to having fun on ‘Katrina’s night’.

‘It doesn’t matter what’s going on, you can’t just stick your head in the sand, you’ve got to get on with life,’ Mrs Wyer said.

‘It will affect them (daughters) worst if I am sad and depressed all the time so we’ll have fun’