Coronavirus Update July

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As the coronavirus pandemic escalates again in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, the health and wellbeing of our children, carers, volunteers, staff and community remains our number one priority. Following the advice of the Victorian Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, we have again implemented numerous measures to help protect our children and everyone else concerned. We will continue to monitor the situation very carefully and respond to changes whenever needed.

Thankfully, the children currently at The Retreat, are all well and in great spirits, and The Retreat remains full of laughter, fun and positivity. Sonia simply couldn’t stop smiling as she was wheeled in to have surgery to remove the frame on her leg during the weekend. She is now back at The Retreat and recovering well. A huge thank you to Epworth Healthcare for fitting in the procedure, particularly during this time.

Rachael, who is also an orthopaedic patient, is still undergoing her rehabilitation program at The Retreat, as is young Ilona. Both are getting stronger each day. Koko is due to have a follow-up appointment with Associate Professor Leo Donnan at the end of the month to see if his cast can be removed. We will take advice from Professor Donnan as to what is the best course of action, as well as following the protocols from the state government.

As for Christina, Nichole and Kyla Joy, we are still working out when their surgery and treatment can begin. Christina is awaiting surgery and treatment for her bowed legs, Nichole for her severe scoliosis and Kyla Joy for burns. Despite the delay, all three girls remain ever so positive and determined to change their future.

Urgently waiting to get to Australia for surgery and treatment is young Paska, from PNG, who has a life-threatening tumour on his face, as is Xavier, from Madagascar, whose broken leg is not healing, and many more other children like them.

Like so many other organisations throughout Australia, and indeed the globe, we find ourselves working in a hugely uncertain environment. Despite that, one thing that is certain is that we are as committed as ever to our mission, and to doing everything we can to facilitate surgery and treatment for these kids.

Thank you for your support and Giving Small Lives Big Hope.

Stay safe and stay well.

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