Author: john.thorpe

Caleb’s Story Caleb was like any other nine-year-old, living with his mum Suzanne, step-dad and three older brothers and sisters in Port Macquarie. In late July 2015, Caleb started getting sick. He would suffer from headaches during the night and wake up most mornings vomiting and...

Just before his second birthday Willem was falling ill with colds and ear infections and not getting better. Then his mum Michelle noticed a lot of bruises on his body. She took Willem to the doctor, where he underwent a blood test. A few hours...

Ava was just six-months-old when her mum, Jenny, heard her screaming, and ran into her to find Ava struggling to breathe, her eyes rolling into the back of her head and her lips turning blue. Without hesitation, Jenny put her in the car and drove...

When Jane went in for a routine check-up with her obstetrician at 37 weeks pregnant, she did not expect to be holding newborn baby Hugo in her arms just a few hours later. The joy of Hugo’s quick and smooth arrival was soon replaced by...

It happened just before my 10th birthday, I had just started playing soccer and I was so excited. I had a very sore knee – I saw the doctor and then the physio and I had an X-ray. I went to a specialist at The...

n July 2012, five year old Beni went on holidays to Melbourne from her hometown of Wagga Wagga with her family. She had always been a happy, outgoing child but her parents Shaleen and Nazeem noticed she had a temperature and was becoming lethargic. When...

Bella was 18 months old when her mum Jo-Ann noticed she was starting to become clingy. Jo-Ann thought it was due to the fact that Bella’s sister, Grace, had just been born and they were in a new place – visiting grandparents in Ballarat. Then Jo-Ann...

hen ten-month-old Alyssa developed rashes around her ankles, her mum Amanda rushed her to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, fearing she had meningitis. While this was ruled out, doctors told her devastated parents little Alyssa had infantile ALL - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Alyssa went through months of...