Jenna's Story

Jenna's Story

The best doctors. The best equipment. The best care. That’s what any of us would want if our child was rushed to hospital, fighting for their life – like little Jenna was.

That’s why we’re asking you to help us raise the $82,250 that’s needed to buy a new scanner for the Emergency Department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Please can you help?

Two-year-old Jenna seemed perfectly well when she ate her tea. But then she started to vomit. She had diarrhoea and a high fever. And it got worse through the night. The next morning when Karen lifted little Jenna’s pyjama top, she saw a purple rash. She knew then it was meningococcal and called for ambulance.

“Everything was a blur,” says Karen. “I remember holding the oxygen mask over Jenna’s mouth at the hospital while the doctors cut off her clothes to put lines into her and hook her up to the machines in intensive care.”

When a child’s life is in danger, there can be no delay. Doctors and nurses have to move fast. That’s why we want to ensure they have the latest equipment at every stage.

Will you help buy a scanner for the Emergency Department and help save lives?

Technology is developing all the time. And new scanners provide better imaging than ever before. In an emergency, they are used to find veins and put in lines when – like in Jenna’s case – there’s not a moment to spare.

Jenna was in intensive care with meningococcal for weeks, and in hospital for months. She lost all the fingers on one hand and her other arm was amputated below the elbow. Her legs were saved, but the muscles and tendons were damaged. She had 30 operations and 30 general anaesthetics.

Jenna is bravely adapting to life without hands, but she will continue to need surgery, therapy and hospital care for years to come.

Illness changed Jenna’s life overnight. An accident or an injury can do the same. That’s why we have to be ready. We have to make sure the Emergency team at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital has the very best equipment to save lives.

Please help. Please give as generously as you can now. Please help save lives.