Help to support baby Poppy's family

This fundraiser is for my dear friends Lenka and Stuart who at 20 weeks pregnant with their second child found out that she would be born with a Congenital heart defect,(TGA, Transposition of the great arteries.) and would require surgery shortly after birth in hopes to correct the defect. With this devastating news Lenka and Stuart needed to move from their home town Hobart to Melbourne to remain close to the team of doctors and specialists at the Royal Children's Hospital. During this move Stuart needed to give up his job in Hobart, which left them without a stable income.

Baby Poppy was born on the 13th June 2020, and at just a few days old faced her first open heart surgery. The team of Doctors were successfully able to correct her defect and Poppy pulled through the surgery. Unfortunately though a new complication arose and Poppy needed another surgery, again on her heart but this time to fix a leaky valve. Not long after Poppy started building up fluid in her body and had to have surgery again.

Since Poppy has never been able to leave the hospital her family has been split trying to balance their time between being at the hospital and spending time with their 3 year old daughter Rozi. Since Poppy could not take Lenka’s milk she has spent the little time she has to herself donating her Breast Milk to the Mothers Milk Bank Charity and currently holds the record for the most Breast Milk donated in Victoria.

A Few weeks ago Poppy's condition turned for the worse and she lost her sight, further testing has revealed that there is no more that the Drs can do other than keep Poppy comfortable.

Lenka and Stu are wonderful parents and I admire their strength and love they have given to their little girls through this unimaginable time. We are all lucky to have them in our lives.

Through this fundraiser I'm hoping to help ease some of the financial stress so this beautiful little family can focus on each other.

I ask everyone to please respect their privacy.  Messages to the family can be posted to the comments or PM'ed to Petra.


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Petra Fenix 
Melbourne VIC
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