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After fighting for life Toowoomba boy overcomes cancer



YOUTH Fletcher Wilson spent many months fighting for his life.

Seven-year-old Toowoomba was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia after unusual fatigue, back trauma, and strange pain about a year ago.

He spent the following nine months receiving treatment at the Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

"We went to Brisbane the day after finding out he had cancer," said Fletcher's mother, Cherie Wilson.

"He has had many types of chemotherapy, lumbar punctures, steroids and many other things."

Fletcher went into remission in April, but is still receiving treatment.

"She's fine right now," Cherie said.

"You have to take every day as it comes because you never know what kind of side effects it will have."

While in Brisbane, Fletcher enjoyed the many services of the Children's Hospital Foundation.

These include Juiced TV, where children host the show and interview celebrities; Cuddly caregivers; music, pets, games on the bedside table and other therapy programs; and the Book Bunker library.

"Fletcher really enjoyed music therapy because it was fun and noisy and he loved it when volunteers came around to give books to children," Cherie said.

"Bedside playback was fantastic."

The Channel Nine Telethon is the key fundraiser of the Children's Hospital Foundation.

In addition to supporting patients at QCH, the money collected during the telethon pays for vital medical equipment, research, and a range of medical services throughout Queensland and northern NSW.

The foundation hopes to raise more than $ 1

2 million when Queenslanders tune into Telethon on the Nine network on November 17.

Donations can also be made in Woolworths, Big W and Bank of Queensland outlets.

Details: 9telethon.com.au

Flying technology that saves young lives

If your child becomes seriously ill, there is the possibility that his life will be saved by a technology partially financed by community donations.

The Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Machine (ECMO) is an important piece of equipment that takes over the function of the heart and lungs while a child's body is battling a disease or is struggling with a wound.

The ECMO at Queensland Children's Hospital has saved the lives of more than 200 children from the north up to Cooktown, west to Mt Isa and south to the Gold Coast.

The Children's Hospital Foundation commissioned a special portable version of the ECMO – known as "sledging".

The money raised during last year's Channel Nine Telethon helped pay the first Australian portable unit, one that can go on a plane, said foundation CEO Rosie Simpson.

"Almost half of the children entering the Queensland Children's Hospital come from regional areas, which is why we fund innovative equipment," he said.

"The ECMO slide is equivalent to an intensive care unit, but it is mobile.

"We are bringing all the technology and experience to the patient." -NewsRegional

FROM THE NUMBERS

  • The Queensland Children's Hospital treated about 13,000 admissions from Queensland and northern NSW in the last year.
  • The Children's Hospital Foundation offers a range of support services for sick children and young people attending QCH and hospitals in Queensland.
  • About $ 1.7 million of CHF funds have been invested in regional pediatric departments.
  • More than 42% of children who visit hospitals in Brisbane come from regional areas and many of these are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in Queensland.


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