Your donations help save lives
LOCAL Numurkah mother of two, Alison Kubeil knows all too well the life saving work offered by the Royal Children’s Hospital and the importance of donating to the Good Friday Appeal, after a freak storm earlier this year left her 6 year old son, Hunter, in a critical condition and in need of the hospital’s services.
During February, the Kubeil family home lost power after a freak storm battered the region and 3 year old Sienna and her brother Hunter took the opportunity to play outside on their trampoline, but moments later their fun turned to tragedy.
A strong gust of wind picked the trampoline up and hurled it out of the Kubeil family’s yard, throwing both children out of the trampolines netting. Hunter was hurled just over 10 meters and left unconscious, with a broken bone, a severe acquired brain injury and ligament damage in his neck.
Alison said, “I had heard Sienna yelling out and I ran outside and saw the trampoline was being blown across neighbours yards. I ran after it thinking the kids might still be in it, but turned back to our yard and noticed Hunter was lying on the ground unconscious.
“We got him to Numurkah hospital and thankfully his doctor was already there and it soon became apparent that his injuries were a lot worse than we first thought.
“The medical staff put a brace on his neck on the way to GV Health, where they put him into an induced coma.
“A medical team soon arrived from Melbourne who assessed Hunter and due to the severity of his injuries they flew him to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where he spent almost four weeks recovering.
“It was the longest four weeks.
“A lot of the time my husband Craig and I felt numb. You don’t expect a freak accident like that to happen.
“After he woke up the hard thing was not knowing how badly the brain damage would affect him. But thankfully he has recovered.
“Almost two weeks after the accident he started to talk again and became more aware and a week and a half after that, he started walking again.
“It was such a relief when we got the okay to take him home.
“We are so grateful of all the medical staff who helped him and helped us through this. They were absolutely fantastic.
“We weren’t sure how long we were going to be there for so it was a huge relief to be eligible to stay at the hospital with him for the first four nights and then to be able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. It was just good to know we were close by and that we didn’t have to pay for accommodation.
“This experience has certainly proven how important it is for people to give what they can to support the Good Friday Appeal.
“It doesn’t just help the hospital, but it also goes toward helping all of those poor families who unfortunately have to use their services,” Alison said.
Hunter said, “It wasn’t fun being in hospital and I didn’t like the neck brace.
“It was good to have my mum and dad there at the hospital with me and I was happy to go home and be able to see my sister,” Hunter said.
For further information on the Good Friday Appeal or how you can donate, visit www.goodfridayappeal.com.au, phone (03)9292 1166 or look out for the Good Friday Appeal donation tins this Easter.