My angst or is it jealousy.
Or is it my thing to say -- too young !!!
Or should I just say - support the cause.
Baby to run in City to Surf
BY LISA GERVAIS
4/08/2008 9:41:00 AM
Little Timothy Quilty has come so far in just eight-and-half-months that he is competing in next Sunday’s Sydney, city to surf race.
As he can’t walk, he will be taking his dad, Des, mum, Emma and brother Patrick along for the ride.
The Quiltys have decided to do the ‘race’ as a fundraiser for NETS, who were vital when Timothy was born in November 2007 with a life-threatening build-up of air putting pressure on his tiny heart and lungs. He was on life support for three to four days.
“We have entered to raise money for the NETS team. NETS is the NSW newborn and paedeatric emergency transport service. They are specialist doctors and nurses who attend a critically ill child or newborn then treat, stabilise and move the patient. The medical team bring with them a fully equipped mobile intensive care unit,” Emma said.
“Tim was lucky to have an amazing team whose incredible care helped to save his life whilst he was still in Mudgee Hospital and en route to Sydney. As part of his rescue, Tim was taken by helicopter to Westmead Hospital in Sydney. The pilots were also extremely talented ensuring that the helicopter hovered until Tim could be stabilised with the differing air pressures.”
Emma said while basic day-to-day costs are met by NSW Health, NETS has to fund much of its own equipment.
“This service has extra significance in rural areas where larger hospitals with intensive care facilities are often long distances away, such as Dubbo, which for us would be 1.5 hours by road.
“As you can see it was a very difficult time for us all but the love and care Tim received was just outstanding, so we would like to go some small way to help them out.”
The Quiltys are downplaying the race bit, saying “for us it will be more of a race in the loosest sense of the word as we will be walking and pushing a pram although not dressed as gorillas,” they said with a chuckle.
As Tim played with a balloon in the family lounge on Friday afternoon under the watchful eye of brother Patrick, he looked fit and healthy.
“He’d doing really well,” Emma said. “He’s just going great guns. He’s sitting up and putting on weight.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Quiltys are looking for sponsors, either per kilometer or per hour.