TeKoa – means warrior and like his namesake three year old Koa is a fighter.
Koa’s mum ran into complications during pregnancy and had to spend five weeks in bed before her son was born at just 26 weeks – her tiny warrior needed all the spirit he could muster.
It was another six months before Koa could go home leaving behind the hospital ward but not the effects of his difficult birth, he was admitted again just two weeks later.
Koa’s dad Lance says it was touch and go and the battle is far from over. Koa has development delays, trouble swallowing and chronic lung disease. It means he has an oxygen tank to help with his breathing and has undergone many painful procedures along the way.
Madison and Lance are grateful for all the support received from Telethon’s beneficiaries during the most challenging time of their life. At times when Madison was feeling “very scared and very alone” she has appreciated the support from Telethon beneficiaries including Perth Children’s Hospital, Kalparrin, HeartKids, Hannah’s House and Rocky Bay.
Madison says, “They have provided fun times for both of my boys and I couldn’t imagine how we would have gotten through this journey without them.” Madison encourages West Australians to continue helping and donating to Telethon, “Now that we are living in this journey we are clearly seeing where all your donations and support are going and I can honestly say that they are so needed.”
You can donate today at telethon7.com/donate