First they heard her scream. Then a loud bang. Then silence.

Jeannine and Dean were on the phone to their 21-year-old daughter, Laura, when the unimaginable happened – she was in a serious car accident on a quiet road in rural New South Wales.

Laura’s boyfriend, Doug, was driving and said it all happened so fast. The driver of the other car was later charged with dangerous and negligent driving.

Back at home in Adelaide, Jeannine and Dean were still listening on the phone. All they could now hear was the click, click, click of the car’s indicator. They were in pieces. They knew there’d been an accident, but how serious was it?

It was extremely serious. It took hours for emergency services to rescue Laura from the crushed car – her injuries so severe she was airlifted to The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

In life-threatening situations, The Royal Melbourne's trauma team moves fast – there’s no time to lose. We need to move just as quickly now.

Please will you help raise $110,000 to buy vital lifesaving equipment – a new state-of-the-art ventilator and ultrasound scanner – to help keep patients like Laura alive?

Scans showed Laura had severe internal injuries including a lacerated liver, a ruptured bowel and a ruptured spleen. She also had a blood clot that caused a stroke. And her back was broken. Surgeons battled to save her life. After a series of operations, she spent eight days on a ventilator.

When she woke up, the first thing she remembers hearing was ‘the machines’. She didn’t realise then she wouldn’t have survived without them.

This Christmas, please give as generously as you can to help buy a new ventilator and ultrasound scanner, and save lives. Thank you.

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​"Laura wouldn't be here. It's as simple as that. No one survives that kind of accident, but my daughter did. The Royal Melbourne Hospital saved her life, and I want to help them save the lives of others." - Jeannine, Laura's mum

This Christmas, Jeannine and Dean will have their children at home, knowing there is no more precious gift. But they’ll be thinking of the many families who are on the roads over the holidays. Sadly, accidents don’t stop because it’s Christmas, and there will be doctors and nurses working in the RMH’s Emergency Department like it’s any other day.

All hospital equipment has a working life. We urgently need to replace and upgrade two vital pieces of equipment that our trauma team use at all times – a ventilator and ultrasound scanner.