2011 Little Telethon Stars – Ben Popham & Savannah Addis

Meet our 2011 Little Telethon stars who did us proud over Telethon weekend of October 15 & 16 in 2011.

Ben Popham from Marmion (Age 11)

Condition: Diplegic Cerebral Palsy
School: Davallia Primary School (in Duncraig)

Ben was nominated by Superfins’ chairperson Janice Saunders, who describes him as a fun loving boy with a cheeky sense of humour and a wonderful role model for people living with a disability.

Ben’s condition mainly affects his legs, for which he wears orthotic splints. He has been with PMH since he was one and is a familiar face around the hospital.

Ben is a very active boy, who swims (with Superfins), plays football and attends youth group at the MAAC club, which includes kayaking, fishing and indoor games.

Savanna Addis from Kununurra (Age 10)

Condition: Alagille Syndrome, liver failure, congenital heart disease and recent head injury.
School: St Joseph’s Primary School (in Kununurra)

Savannah was nominated by her PMH neurosurgeon, Dr Sharon Lee, who describes her as an outgoing little girl with a great sense of humour despite her medical woes.  Savannah is a great example of how multiple components and departments of our paediatric health service work together to maintain the health quality of life for children in WA.

Savannah has had the following health services – Neurosurgery, rehabilitation, gastroenterology, cardiology, intensive care unit, anesthetic, videoconferencing, remote GP’s and regional hospitals and RFDS.