Please will you help raise $142,900 to buy a new state-of-the-art ECMO life support machine that will help save the lives of people like Ash?
When Ash – a dairy farmer and young father – went to feed his calves, he had no idea he’d end up fighting for his life. A heavy branch fell onto him and shattered part of his skull.
For nearly an hour, the air ambulance team battled to get Ash stable. He was flown to The Royal Melbourne Hospital and rushed into surgery. As quick as they could, his family was driving to Melbourne, not knowing if Ash was going to make it. He did survive surgery, but the trauma surgeons had to remove part of his skull. He was put on life support for two days – any movement or stress could have ended his life.
When Ash woke up after the accident, he had no memory of what had happened. But he immediately realised that his life had been saved. “Everybody who looked after me was amazing. From the ambulance team, to the hospital. If they didn't have that set up, I wouldn't be here today.” The ICU at the RMH needs a new life support machine – one that’s even more advanced than the current system that kept Ash alive.
Please give generously to help buy the newest, most advanced ECMO life support machine to keep hearts beating and lungs breathing when they can’t do it on their own.