In mid-March the 11-year-old, who suffers from chronic kidney, liver and lung disease, was experiencing respiratory infection symptoms and was put on an emergency flight to the Hospital. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Ezekiel’s parents couldn’t be by his side.
Once at the Hospital he was tested for coronavirus, which thankfully came back negative, yet he was diagnosed with pneumonia and severe sepsis and spent the next 12 days recovering in Hospital. To protect both patients and staff, just one consistent support person – his mum, Venita – could remain at Ezekiel’s bedside.
The treatment children like Ezekiel receive at the Hospital must not, and will not, stop during these times.
Please read below for the latest news on our support to the Hospital.
Funding medical equipment
Equipment was funded enabling patients with compromised immune systems, due to illness such as cancer, to receive their infusion therapy at home.
The availability of the eight Niki T34 Syringe Pumps means these children no longer need to be admitted to Hospital for their monthly IV immunoglobulin infusions, a treatment that takes three-four hours, a great outcome during COVID-19 and one that will continue after the pandemic.
Greater financial support to vulnerable families
Each year the WCH Foundation commits tens of thousands of dollars to provide short-term financial assistance for families in crisis to assist them in covering the costs of meals, funerals, transport and accommodation. With the increased financial strain due to COVID-19, the Foundation is committed to increasing our support through our Family Support Fund to help more families.
Delivery of emergency supply packs
One-hundred and fifty emergency overnight packs complete with toiletries, slippers and activity books for adults and children were delivered to patients’ caregivers in response to the Hospital’s COVID-19 infection prevention measures, which saw the closure of its gift shops and restrictions on visitor numbers.
Helping to alleviate stress patients and their families feel
Due to heightened infection prevention measures in the Hospital, play items for children have been removed from waiting areas. We are working with Play Therapy team to supply single-use individual activity packs, filled with colouring-in books, pencils, packs of cards and small games, for children. Having access to play is key for patients and their families, it is proven to improve health and wellbeing, and alleviate stress, which is much needed at a time like this.
As part of our assistance to the Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are supporting the wellbeing of the hard-working staff. In the lead up to Easter, we put a call-out to our corporate partners asking them donate items for goody bags as well as chocolates for Hospital staff and their families to enjoy. This is one way our community can show our appreciation of the Hospital staff during these stressful and unprecedented times. The response was overwhelming and on Thursday 9 April we delivered 100 goody bags, over 1000 chocolate eggs and bunnies, and more than 200 Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
If your business would like to be involved in supporting the COVID-19 response effort, please send an email to our Corporate Partnerships Team.