Real stories

The money you raise for the Big Walk for PMH will make sure children across WA receive the best care possible and the chance to live their happiest and healthiest life. Read on to find out more about some of the children who have received life-saving treatment at PMH.

Olivia

At the age of eight, Olivia was diagnosed with a large brain tumour. After surgery she spent two days in Intensive Care, unable to breathe and move on her own.

Once she was stable enough, Olivia began intensive rehabilitation. Her tailored program has taught her to swallow, speak and move once again. Much like other children with acquired brain injuries, Olivia often feels frustrated with her slow recovery, but there is light on the horizon.

Olivia’s determination to get better drives her every day. She will continue working with the Paediatric Rehabilitation team to reach her goals, which include transitioning back to school, becoming more independent around the house and developing further conversational skills.

Tayla and Brandon

Tayla and Brandon both have Cerebral Palsy and have spent their childhood in and out of PMH. Tayla’s condition is more severe – she’s undergone surgery and intensive rehabilitation to improve her strength, speech and movement. Brandon can walk, but needs physiotherapy to improve the muscle tone and control in his legs.

They don’t let their disability stop them from reaching their life goals. Tayla hopes to work in the medical field and Brandon would like to be an architect (but also likes the idea of being a professional basketball player!).

Their mum Geraldine is grateful for the help of the hospital. “Thanks to the amazing efforts of the staff at PMH, both of my children are growing up healthy and happy.”

Larissa

Larissa has Diabetes Insipidus, a condition that causes too much water to be lost from the body in urine, and leads her to drink large amounts of fluids to maintain her fluid levels.

Without treatment, Larissa experiences extreme thirst and may drink up to 20 litres of water a day. This can quickly deplete her body of vital electrolytes such as sodium, leading to seizures, heart failure and even death.

Now 11, Larissa manages her own illness. She takes daily medication in the form of a nasal spray. To monitor her condition and medications, she attends regular appointments at PMH. Ensuring she always has water and medication with her means she can live a relatively normal life. Larissa loves going to the gym and exploring her interest in film and editing.

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