Mum tackles trek to help sick sons
EVERY few weeks, Karla Williams is in hospital with one of her boys on an IV.
Two of her three boys, nine-year-old Jaawan and eight-year-old Elih, were recently diagnosed with a newly-discovered metabolic condition, which affects their bowels, kidneys, liver and brain.
“They both have vomiting episodes every three to four weeks, with severe tummy aches and quite a bit of screaming,” Mrs Williams said.
“The boys are on restricted diets and basically the toxins build up in their bodies, say, every three weeks and they end up very nauseous and they start vomiting continuously.
“Then they get dehydrated and they have to go into hospital and get hooked up to an IV.”
Mrs Williams spent almost 10 years going from doctor to doctor trying to find out what was wrong with her boys.
“After years of searching for answers, we are very indebted to the Mater Children's Hospital for listening to our story and identifying this new condition,” Mrs Williams said.
“Now further work can be done to find a treatment for our sons. As far as I know, they are the only two to be diagnosed with this condition.
“When I can't do anything and no one else can do anything, it is quite heartbreaking. I just got a frustrated feeling like I couldn't do anything to help them.
“Normally I've got my head buried in books, trying to research their condition, but I felt like it was up to me to help them.”
So instead of focusing on the negative, Mrs Williams is using her energy to do something positive.
The 31-year-old mother of three will be lacing up her sneakers and setting off on foot from Heritage Park, Lismore, on Saturday, in an attempt to walk 142 kilometres to Tweed Heads to raise awareness and funds for the Mater hospital. She has dubbed the event Karla's Compassion for Kids Walk.
“I just though of the idea when I was in hospital with Jaawan a few months ago,” Mrs Williams said.
“I'm hoping people will donate to the cause and ultimately I hope we can find a cure.”
If you want to make a donation, call Mrs Williams on 0421 404 421.