Finnan's Gift is a fundraising project set up by Alisa Camplin and her husband Oliver Warner. Launched in May 2011, Finnan's Gift will raise much needed funds for state-of-the-art equipment in the Cardiology Department of The Royal Children's Hospital.
An Australian Olympic champion
Alisa Camplin is a superstar of Australian sport, and the first Australian skiier to win medals at consecutive Winter Olympics. Many of us remember her breathtaking aerial manoeuvres that won her gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and the bronze at the Turin Olympics four years later.
Celebrated for her resilience and mental strength, Alisa and her husband Oliver Warner and are now facing the hardest possible tragedy, having lost their 10-day-old son, Finnan Maximus Camplin-Warner, on 20 March 2011.
Finnan was prematurely brought into the world six weeks early. Doctors at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne had identified that something was wrong with his tiny heart. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition and endured six operations in his short life before his death.
Finnan's doctors said he lived up to his gladiatorial name and was truly heroic during his short battle. In a statement, Alisa said: 'Finnan was loved dearly and will always be remembered for his immense bravery, courage and unbelievable fighting spirit.' She thanked the team of cardiac surgeons, doctors and nurses working in the intensive care units of the Royal Women's and Royal Children's hospitals.
To honour their courageous son and to ensure other babies and their families don't endure this same pain, Alisa and Oliver have set up Finnan's Gift Appeal through the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.
How you can help
With your help, 'Finnan's Gift' to The Royal Children's Hospital Cardiology Department will be a much needed $300,000 echocardiology scanning machine.
This machine has been identified as crucial to improving the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease by Director of Cardiology Dr Michael Cheung.
Dr Cheung said: 'Ultrasound machines such as this are the main way in which we are able to diagnose heart problems and examine heart function in children. In Australia, 6 babies are born every day with heart problems and congenital heart disease is one of the major causes of death in infancy. Ready access to equipment such of this improves our ability to look after these children.'
Alisa and Oliver hope that with cutting edge equipment and the wonderful doctors and nurses at The Royal Children's Hospital - others will have a fighting chance at a good life.
To help Finnan's Gift Appeal reach its goal, please donate now. Every little bit helps.
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