Former patient gives back for her care

10 year old Mia is our latest RCH Champion, using her time during the COVID-19 pandemic to help raise funds for the hospital. Mia wanted to give back to the teams at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) after they cared for her when she was five.

Mia, age five, in the ambulance to the RCH. Photo: supplied.

In 2016, while at a Halloween party, Mia had a serious accident, fracturing her skull and was immediately rushed to the RCH for surgery.

“The care she received was exemplary and she was returned home within three days. We have also been thankful for ongoing care from the hospital. For two years after the accident, we received follow up calls to check in on Mia, which were very well received,” said Julie, Mia’s mum.

In 2021, while at home during the pandemic, Mia decided to use her time outside of home schooling to give back to the RCH.

“Mia started a ‘donate jar’ for jobs she would do around the house and made muffins to sell. She even gave some of her tooth fairy money. We were so proud of her, so we decided to match her donation,” said Julie.

Mia, age five, leaving the hospital after surgery and a three day stay in Cockatoo. Photo: supplied.

With the matched amount from her parents and an additional boost from her dad’s business Progress Fire Solutions, Mia donated an impressive $500 to the RCH, which will help the hospital provide world-leading care to other sick children and young people in need.

“I want to thank the RCH for all the amazing work they do. Even though they helped my little girl five years ago, she will always remember the way the RCH cared for her during what was a very scary time,” said Julie.

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