Dimi walks into his next chapter

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we are able to help children like Dimi go home sooner.

Thank you to everyone who supported our 2019 Tax Year End Campaign and were inspired by Dimi’s remarkable story. With help from our incredible donors, we are able to fund life-saving equipment that can be taken home meaning children like Dimi spend less time in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and enjoy their family home sooner.

For thousands of families, just like Dimi’s, this loan equipment is the difference between their child staying in the Hospital for weeks instead of months or even years.

Each year over 1,400* families can take their children home sooner thanks to equipment loaned from the Hospital. With your help we can continue to ensure that further funding can be provided to purchase and maintain this vital equipment, allowing more children like Dimi to get the medical care they need without having to live their days in the Hospital.

Thank you for helping to change lives and create greater good in our community.

The incredible story of Dimi

From relying on the aid of his two older sisters to walk, to taking his first unassisted steps, Dimi has made leaps and bounds with his progress in the past year.

Dimi’s Mum, Anne, recalled the moment she saw her son take his first unassisted steps, “I saw him out of the corner of my eye and asked, ‘Did you just walk?’ He just looked at me — he was very sneaky about it at first.”

“I had always hoped for this moment but didn’t think it could happen so quickly, especially considering we were once told he’d never come home and live a normal life,” Anne said.

 

Reaching this milestone moment has been a long journey for Dimi and his family, which at times was incredibly difficult and scary. There were moments Dimi’s family and doctors were unsure if he would ever come home.

Dimi was born in August 2012, seven weeks premature. An operation at just three days old revealed he had a serious bowel condition and chronic lung disease. He spent the first 20 months of his life in the WCH, where he relied on drips, tubes and breathing apparatus to help keep him alive; equipment that could only be accessed from within the Hospital.

Dimi and his family’s wishes were answered on Good Friday 2014. After spending almost two years in Hospital, Dimi was discharged; a milestone only possible thanks to a portable breathing machine loaned from the Hospital.

Dimi’s mum, Anne said Dimi coming home at Easter is a time she will never forget.

“It made a huge difference to our lives because we were finally home as a family, together, instead of spending birthdays and Christmas’ in hospital. It was scary at first – there was a fair bit of equipment we needed but it meant no more running around and our family was finally together.”

 

Dimi’s ongoing support from the Hospital

Dimi no longer requires the oxygen equipment during the day, however, he still uses an oximeter (to measure the oxygen levels in his blood) and requires oxygen at night. Dimi visits the Hospital every three months, while Anne goes once a month to collect his oxygen and feeding supplies.

*Figures based on 2016/17 Financial Year.

Your gift of $5 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your gift of $10 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your monthly donation of $20 could assist in delivering our play therapy sessions, bringing smiles and reducing anxiety during a child’s stay in hospital.

Your gift of $25 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your monthly donation of $30 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your monthly donation of $50 could help to invest in the latest medical research, helping to find cures and invest in our future.

Your gift of $50 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your gift of $75 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

Your gift of $39 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children's days while in hospital ($468 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $49 could help purchase at-home equipment for children recovering at home, meaning more time with their family ($588 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $69 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care ($828 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $99 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer ($1,188 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $20 fills families like Dimi’s with hope and confidence when they need it most.

Your gift of $30 helps to deliver outstanding care to children like Dimi and their families.

Your gift of $50 could fund vital hospital equipment, services and research providing children like Dimi the best chance at recovery.

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Your gift of $1,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

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You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your donation will contribute to ensuring the WCH Foundation can fund families’ stays well into the future making the Beach House a sanctuary for years to come.

Your generous support will help us search for a cure for Paediatric Cancer.

Your support of $20 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $30 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $50 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

Your gift of $25 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to create an interactive and bright environment making patients feel more at home.

Your gift of $50 helps to deliver outstanding care to children giving them the best chance to get home sooner.

Your gift of $75 funds vital research providing children the best chance at recovery.

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