25 June, 2012
2,000 seriously ill and premature babies rely on Mater for specialised care each year. Your support helps babies, like Daniel, get the best possible start to life.
Daniel was born in December 2011 with multiple heart problems that required operations when he was barely two weeks old. After battling an infection common with premature babies, Daniel then faced a complicated heart operation.
Each year at Mater 9,000 surgeries are performed on sick children like Daniel here in Queensland. “We had the choice to relocate to Melbourne for 6 months, or receive treatment at Mater,” Daniel’s mother Karen said. “My husband and I weighed up the pros and cons, but everything kept leading back to Brisbane. We’re grateful to access exceptional care at Mater so close to home, family and friends,” she added.
While Daniel still has stage two procedures ahead of him in the next couple of months, he continues to grow bigger and stronger with his parents by his side. “I arrive at 6:30 every morning, and usually stay by Daniel’s bedside until 4pm when my husband arrives at the hospital from work,” Karen explained. Despite these challenges, the couple are grateful for the support they are receiving. “We have had so much love and care from the nursing and medical staff here at Mater. Without them some of the most vulnerable little babies may not survive.”
By purchasing tickets in the Mater Prize Home lottery raffle, you are not only in the draw to win a house, your support also helps premature babies, like Daniel, receive the specialised health care they need at Mater.