Help us save the lives of critically ill patients like Erin.

Can you remember where you were at 1.30pm on Friday, 20 January 2017—the day of the Bourke Street Mall Attack? 

If you can't, that's okay. Erin can’t remember either. And she was actually there.

Erin was in the path of the stolen car that ploughed through a crowd of pedestrians. She knows that it hit her and caused a brain injury so severe it nearly killed her. But she has no memory of it at all.

Erin was in a coma for 25 days. She was so badly hurt she was not expected to survive. If she did wake up, her doctors knew there was a chance she would be seriously disabled as a result of the brain damage she had suffered.

Right now, we need your urgent help to complete the refit of our ICU department and add another 10 intensive care rooms to the 30 we currently have operational.

But after 25 days being cared for by one of our dedicated ICU teams, Erin woke up. Now, a year on, she has recovered, and is back studying and working.

Erin's amazing recovery and others like hers are a credit to the skill and diligence of the doctors and nurses in our Intensive Care Unit. They try and prepare for the unexpected tragedies no one can ever predict, but they need the best equipment, the best facilities and enough capacity to care for everyone who needs them.

Right now we urgently need to finish those extra 10 beds. Please donate now to give our ICU teams the tools they need to save more lives. Thank you.

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On Friday, 20 January 2017, Erin Shi was shopping with a friend on Bourke Street. The last thing she remembers is buying a handbag. Her next memory is waking up in ICU, after being in a coma for 25 days.

“After four weeks in a coma, Erin woke up. She was very confused and couldn’t talk. Then one morning she looked at me and she had a teardrop in her eye. I said, ‘Erin, Mum is here.’ And she looked at me and said, ‘Mum’.”

Jiana, Erin’s mum.

“Over 20 years of nursing I’ve learned that tragedy can touch us all. We need the best-equipped ICU possible, because one day it could be you, or me, or someone we love coming through those doors.”

Michelle Spence, ICU Nurse Unit Manager