Wakiki children win praise from Fremantle Dockers at AJ Diamond Club Bravery Awards

Luke Ryan, Scarlett Wood and Kelly Gibson.
Sean Darcy, Emily Byrne and Kellie Gibson.
Luke Ryan, Scarlett Wood and Kelly Gibson. Sean Darcy, Emily Byrne and Kellie Gibson.

WAIKIKI children Scarlett Wood (4) and Emily Byrne (12) were among 10 brave young people acknowledged by the Fremantle Dockers Football Club at the AJ Diamond Club Bravery Awards.

The recipients were recognised for the courage and spirit they showed while being treated at Fiona Stanley and Rockingham General hospitals during the past 12 months.

Fremantle’s newest recruits Sean Darcy, Griffin Logue, Brennan Cox, Luke Ryan, Taylin Duman and Luke Strnadica shared the stories of each young award recipient before presenting a gold medallion and gift.

For Emily, she was awarded with an extra special prize – Docker for the Day. She ran onto the field with the team before the Gold Coast Suns game on Saturday.

Now on the road to recovery, Emily recently spent more than two weeks at Fiona Stanley Hospital undergoing seven surgical procedures for a painful abscess in her right foot.

Four-year-old Scarlett was first admitted to Rockingham in March. She was very sick when she arrived and was diagnosed with a persistent urinary tract infection, which required IV antibiotics.

Scarlett endured a lot while in hospital, and also had to go to Princess Margaret Hospital for further tests and surgery.

The nurses and doctors said she remained cheerful and smiling through all of this.

Scarlett spent 19 days in Rockingham Hospital this year. She has a few issues but is recovering well after a tough year.

South Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Paul Forden said the youngest patients of Fiona Stanley and Rockingham hospitals were by far the bravest, most courageous and determined during their treatment.

“Our staff take great pride in nominating children and young adults who have been treated at our hospitals for these awards as they see first-hand what these kids go through and how they faced up to surgery, pain and being away from home,” he said.

After the awards, the kids were given free rein of the pool and waterslides at Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre, with the players sticking around to enjoy the fun.