Bradley Robinson from Be Sure Insurance Solutions is raising money for a three-year sponsorship of a bed in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.
In September last year Robinson and his wife welcomed their second child, a beautiful baby girl they named Naya. At four days old it was discovered that she had a life threatening heart condition which required her to undergo life saving open heart surgery at only 15 days old.
Robinson says, “Because of this amazing hospital and their staff we were able to save my baby. This fundraising is our small way of giving back and thanking them for all that they did for us. Sponsoring a bed is a way to give back and make sure that if any other baby is in need of care then we can make sure that there is a sponsored fully operational bed available for them and their family.”
Robinson’s infant daughter and father have both received open heart surgery and treatment. He believes that anything he can do to raise funds to support established facilities, help build new ones and support research is a way of saying thanks for the work done for his family. He wants to ensure that people in similar situations can have the support and technology available to save their loved ones too.
Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is the most common congenital disorder in newborns, affecting approximately 1 in 100 babies. In September 2018, at four days old Naya was diagnosed with an incredibly rare type of CHD called Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Drainage (TAPVD). TAPVD affects 1 in 20,000 CHD babies.
At 15 days old, Naya underwent lifesaving open heart surgery, completely repairing her heart. Because of the staff and facilities at RCH, she will enjoy a full and happy life, but this is not always the case for many other ‘heartkids’.
Some children require multiple operations, often extending their life but not completely repairing their condition. By supporting Robinson’s fundraising cause, you will be contributing to a three-year sponsorship of a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit bed in the Rosella Ward at RCH, the same bed that Naya spent the first five weeks of her life in.