The sale of a family cow was only the beginning of Kingaroy’s effort to make an impact for sick and injured kids like Charli.
Four-year-old Charli was a happy and healthy little girl before she unexpectedly became sick one morning early last year. She was rushed to Kingaroy Hospital where doctors identified a collapsed lung and arranged a transfer to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
But Charli’s condition started to deteriorate overnight, leading to a diagnosis of pneumonia and sepsis.
Soon after she was intubated to help her breathe, stabilised, and airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital, where she was placed on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) for three weeks.
Charli’s mum, Letisha said the support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation helped Charli and the family through some of their toughest days at the Hospital.
“The Children’s Hospital Foundation was there for us when we needed it most. I am a person that likes to repay favours and I thought even if I could just help a little bit, it would count.”
Proving the collective and “udder” power that a community can make for a good cause, the Goodrich family sold one of their family heifers to purchase a large camp fire oven – starting a community raffle to raise funds for the Foundation.
With the generous support of the South Burnett community, the family raised $15,100 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation to help fund life-saving research and medical equipment and provide the highest level of care for sick kids – like Charli – and their families.
Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO, Lyndsey Rice said the support of communities like Kingaroy helps the Foundation continue to work wonders for sick and injured kids.
“Every donation, no matter how big or small, can make a difference for sick and injured kids and we’re incredibly humbled to have the support of the Kingaroy community.
“Together, many hands can ensure that kids like Charli have access to the best bedside care, treatments and ultimately, cures today and in the future.”