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A lovely letter from a Heart Centre family

Aug 24 2017
The family of one of our patients has written a beautiful letter of appreciation. It shows how many people and various roles work together to ma...

24 Hour Soccerthon

Aug 23 2017
The annual 24 Hour Soccerthon, which is now in its 6th year, will be running from 25-26 August. Each year this event has helped us raise substan...

Team Harley - City2Surf 2017

Jun 27 2017
Mum Danielle puts it beautifully: "Why we started Team Harley: To raise awareness for Congenital Heart Disease in memory of our amazing...

Heart Centre Wishlist

Sometimes families, companies and the general public ask how they can support us.  Here is a wide range of things that we are currently in need of.  If there is anything that you are in a position to donate, purchase, or to fundraise towards, we would love to hear from you.

 

Small items for Edgar Stephen Ward and the Heart Centre department

  • Onesies (also known as baby jumpsuits or grow-suits), either new or pre-loved and in very good condition
  • Baby wraps
  • Books and magazines for both parents and children
  • Craft materials, playdough, paint and glue for child therapy

 

Small items for our Volunteers Department at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

These will be given to families in need, or sold by the Vollies to raise funds for the hospital.

  • Toys, new or used (but unfortunately we can't accept pre-loved soft toys for hygiene reasons)
  • Books, new or used
  • Clothes, new or used
  • Blankets and quilts
  • Toiletries - these are used to make up toiletry packs for parents staying overnight unexpectedly

 

Equipment: Handheld Pulse Oximeter ($1,000) x 2

A pulse oximeter is a special device that can measure a patient's oxygen saturation in a non-invasive and pain-free way.  This allows us to see how much oxygen is travelling around the body.  Some of our patients have heart conditions that require several stages of cardiac care and surgeries.  These oximeters are vital for us to be able to monitor the child's oxygen levels while they're at home between surgeries.  This is one of many measures that helps us to plan when the child might require their next surgery.

 

Equipment: ECG Machines ($18,000) x 6

An ECG machine measures the heart's rhythm and can pick up on heart murmurs and other, more serious, arrhythmias.  We are replacing our old system with a brand new, digital ECG system which will allow quick and easy analysis from anywhere in the world.

 

Research: Cortisol Analysis for our CHERISH study ($100) x 5000

This funding will allow us to undertake complex laboratory analysis of the biological samples provided by mothers and their babies to help us understand the physical, as well as the emotional, changes that occur during times of high stress and trauma.  It is part of our world-first CHERISH study, looking at how a diagnosis of childhood heart disease affects development in children and their families.

 

Research: DNA Bank (ongoing support)

To date there is still no known cause for the majority of congenital heart diseases. Our DNA Bank, established in 2003, allows us to work with research groups in Australia and around the world to analyse DNA from large numbers of patients.  Our aim is to establish links between changes in genes and heart disease, to identify the causes of congenital heart disease, improve our understanding of this condition and to develop better treatments.  It costs around $150,000 per year to keep our DNA Bank going and we rely solely on grants and donations to do so.

 

If you are interested in finding about more about any of the items that we need, or you would like to help us in another way, please phone the Heart Centre on (02) 9845 3043 or write in via the contact page.

Wishlist last updated 10 May 2017

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