Help Amelia get her voice back

Almost two years ago Amelia had a very serious burns accident. The prolonged hospitalisation that followed damaged her trachea so severely that she still requires a "tracheostomy" today. As a result she is forced to grow up without her voice...

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We are raising money for surgery to repair Amelia's trachea and allow her to speak again.

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On September 28th 2011, when Amelia was 5 years old, she had an accident where was badly burnt. She suffered third degree burns to 40% of her body.

Amelia spent over four months in the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne. During this time she underwent more than 20 operations for skin grafting. Whilst in Intensive Care Amelia’s trachea was severely damaged and she had to have a tracheostomy tube inserted into her throat. She still has this today. This means that Amelia has no voice and communicates by making sounds with her mouth.

In July 2012 she had major surgery to repair her trachea. However this failed. Amelia’s Australian doctors have now referred her to an expert in Switzerland who can perform another type of operation whereby the trachea would be repaired and her voice would return with a high chance of success. This surgery will cost $90,000. We, Amelia’s parents, have appealed to the Australian government for funding. However this was rejected. We are now left with covering it by our own means and are reaching out to the community for help.

The emotional challenge of overcoming the accident and dealing with her changed world is huge however all of the positive thoughts and prayers that have been coming her way since have comforted Amelia and us and helped us all through. After such an experience one can truly see the good in the world.

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed and thank you to those who are continuing to keep her in your hearts. Our little girl has been through so much and the miracle of being able to talk again would be a dream come true.
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