Precious Hearts is currently running an online auction (get over there and check it out NOW!! OK, you’re back?) to raise funds for their care packages and all the other awesome work they do. Due to the tireless and passionate work of Traci O’Sullivan and her family, Precious Hearts Care Packages can now be found at both The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, and The Mater Hospital for Children, Brisbane. Traci is to be congratulated and commended on her amazing work. Besides, she’s responsible for Precious the Pram – she is 10 kinds of awesome!
In Traci’s own words:
“Who am I? I am a wife to my awesome husband Daniel, and a mother to 3 beautiful children, Cameron 10, Brylee 2 and Fletcher 8 months. I am passionate about raising awareness of Congenital Heart Disease, and I want to help families who are on the same journey.
From the outside Precious Hearts is a registered charity that raises awareness about congenital heart defects and delivers care packages to children who are recovering from heart surgery.
From the inside Precious Hearts is an acknowledgement of the admiration I have for my son, and for every other child who is battling congenital heart disease, and for those little angels whose bodies were just too tired to keep fighting. Precious Hearts is the debt I am repaying to the greater good for my son’s life being spared.
|A selection of Precious Hearts Care Packages, including a
Baby Care Package (bottom right)
A Precious Hearts Care Package is a bag full of age appropriate goodies that can be enjoyed by children recovering from heart surgery. Many hospitals have fantastic facilities that cannot be accessed by these children because their heart monitors are not portable. We hope that the items inside our care packages can amuse the kids and help pass the time while they are recovering.
|Baby Girl Care Package – love the bar of chocolate for Mum!|
I wanted to do something different. I wanted it to be personal. I wanted it to be from my heart to theirs. When we were in the NICU with Fletcher, a nurse handed me an exercise book covered in blue paper. She had written a letter to Fletcher inside and taken a photo of him when he came back from surgery and pasted it in. It probably cost $2, and required little effort, but that exercise book made my day. Every time I put together a care package, it is packed with love. I really do hope that our care packages offer a tiny bright spot in an otherwise difficult time for these gorgeous kids and families.
When I was pregnant with Fletcher I had plenty of ultrasounds and all of them revealed a healthy little baby happily growing inside. When Fletcher was born, the paediatrician who performed the newborn check a few hours after his birth detected a heart murmur. Nurses checked Fletcher’s blood pressure, and the following day a different doctor came in and told us that he could not hear the murmur anymore. He explained that many babies are born with a murmur and in most cases it disappears in a few days. We were given a clean bill of health for our little man and sent home to begin life as a family of five.
Donations can be sent all year round to: P.O. Box 707 Richmond NSW 2753.
We can be contacted by email infoATpreciousheartsDOTcomDOTau or by phone 0417457660.
Monetary donations can be made directly to the following account:
Account Number: 477309646
More importantly – tell people you know about CHD. Share Fletcher’s story, there might be a Mum somewhere out there who sees the same symptoms in her baby and it could save a life. The doctors told us that if we had stayed at home monitoring Fletcher for even a couple more hours that he wouldn’t be here today. If your baby is born with a heart murmur, demand an ultrasound before you leave the hospital!”
I’m re-posting some of this from a few months ago, you are not going crazy.