GIRL WITH HEART: Two-year-old Goonellabah girl Phelicity Sneesby, who is in the US for heart surgery
GIRL WITH HEART: Two-year-old Goonellabah girl Phelicity Sneesby, who is in the US for heart surgery

Toddler prepares for heart surgery in US

By RENEE REDMOND

PHELICITY SNEESBY will endure the first stage of heart surgery tomorrow, spending a night in the Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio, US.

The Goonellabah two-yearold has hypoplastic left heart syndrome and will be admitted for a cardiac catheter procedure that enables doctors to have a closer look inside her heart before surgery.

The doctors will do any adjustments needed before the open-heart surgery, which is still a few weeks away.

The surgery could cost up to $300,000, and so far the family has managed to raise $15,000 in donations from the Northern Rivers and their home town of Gosford.

The family flew out from Lismore last Thursday and may have to stay in Columbus for up to six months.

Yesterday, parents Ben and Veronica Sneesby emailed The Northern Star to update us on their daughter's progress:

Hi,

Phelicity will spend her first night in hospital on Friday for the first stage of her surgery.

The trip last Thursday, including stops, took 29 hours and Phelicity did well, although at times her colour was very purple and her breathing seemed laboured.

She was on oxygen all the time and only slept about five hours in total.

So far we've been told Phelici- ty's oxygen saturations are now 15 per cent lower than they used to be. Her pulmonary arteries were a little smaller than before, because she is now so much bigger.

She is going to find the next few weeks very difficult, because she now knows what is happening around her.

We have been so overwhelmed by the love and support from our friends and family, along with many strangers. Our friends here have provided us with a car so that we can be independent.

So far we have raised $15,000 and are so grateful that money keeps going into our account.

It's nice to see that people care about our daughter.

Ben and Veronica Sneesby.

To help the Sneesby family you can deposit a donation in their St George account: BSB number 112879, account number 056593984.



'Consider your fire plan': residents told to be prepared

'Consider your fire plan': residents told to be prepared

A total of 79 bush and grass fires burn across the state

Local Partners