Help us make sure sick kids in hospital smile

Akel was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare condition that would have killed him without treatment. Akel is so cheerful for a kid who has virtually had to grow up in hospital and endure many surgeries. Help us make sure sick kids still smile, laugh and just be kids. We are trying to raise $110,000 to assist with making hospital as warm and comforting as possible for sick kids like Akel.

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Akel’s Story

Akel was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare condition that would have killed him without treatment. He had his first open-heart surgery when he was only a week old and his second at six months. He spent a large part of his first year in hospital, recovering from complications and doing therapy to catch up on his development.

Akel is so cheerful for a kid who has virtually had to grow up in hospital, his mum remembers him racing around like the Flash on the morning of his third heart surgery.

He was three years old, and that operation was meant to be straightforward. It wasn’t. Akel’s little body struggled to cope, and he had to be attached to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine. ECMO is a life-support technique that takes over the function of the heart and lungs while the body is fighting an illness or injury.

Lyndsey remembers the shock of seeing her son after his 12-hour surgery:

“I cried and had to walk out. His chest was open, and he had all the tubes coming out of him. To see him lying there like that, after he was being cheeky that morning, it was just heartbreaking for me.”

 

The ECMO saved Akel’s life. But sadly, it could have also left him with long-lasting and deadly complications.

When Akel was in Queensland Children’s Hospital Music Therapists
(funded by supporters like you) would sing to him and would make him feel better. Music is one of Akel’s favourite things in life. His other most favourite things are his family and being a superhero.

His family has done everything in their power to help. Akel’s mum and dad and brothers and sisters made sure he was never alone in hospital. They left their home in regional Queensland and moved closer to the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane – even though that meant leaving extended family behind. But his family’s love, cuddles and laughter have helped Akel survive.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation are supported by approximately 450 volunteers who last year committed 27,050 hours of their time and provided more than 76,713 positive interactions with patients and their families just like Akel.

With your help, we want to make sure patient and family services like music therapy can continue to support sick kids like Akel. Will you please donate today?

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Help us make hospital as warm and comforting as possible. Check out the impact your support made last year.

4,963 kids participated in an entertainment-based activity or workshop

8,003 families were supported while their child was undergoing surgery

10,780 fun interactions through Bedside Play and Pet Therapy programs

8,508 children and 5,576 adults visited Kidzone

2,925 cuddles provided to babies through our Steggles Cuddle Carer program

2,167 toys and games loaned to inpatients