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14-year-old Teiana is giving back to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) after spending the start of her life there.
“When I was 36 hours old, I was transferred from another hospital to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) because I was very sick. At first, they weren’t sure if it was a virus, meningitis or a stroke – it turned out to be a stroke,” Teiana says.
Now, Teiana is in year nine at school and defying the odds.
We have helped create a more welcoming and calming space for children at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) Out of Home Care (OOHC) Clinic with $10,000 in funding.
The OOHC Clinic at the WCH provides health assessments and reviews for children and young people under the Guardianship of the Chief Executive Officer of the Department for Child Protection (DCP). It is based in Child Protection Services within the WCH.
In Australia, 1 in 4 children is estimated to be impacted by Chronic Pain, just like 15-year-old Lexie. Lexie’s pain started in her legs when she was three and she was later diagnosed with Shin Splints. Lexie explained her daily experience of pain as “shooting pain down my shins” that could “last for a whole day and go up to a 10 out of 10”.
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In 2021-2022, the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation community contributed more than $2.4 million to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and families under the care of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and its associated Health Network.