All smiles: Two-year-old Skye Geoghegan, of Evans Head, who is recovering from open heartsurgery, will receive a bravery award at tomorrow’s Our Kids Day Out.
All smiles: Two-year-old Skye Geoghegan, of Evans Head, who is recovering from open heartsurgery, will receive a bravery award at tomorrow’s Our Kids Day Out. Jacklyn Wagner

Our Kids Day Out

BRAVE faces don’t come much cuter than that of two-year-old Skye Geoghegan, who will be awarded an Our Kids Bravery Award at the Our Kids Day Out at Missingham Park in Ballina tomorrow.

Born with a heart condition, the effervescent Evans Head toddler is recovering well from open heart surgery performed at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital last month.

Her mother, Nikita Jackson said sitting outside the waiting room during the six-hour procedure was hard, but worth the wait.

“She’s fixed,” the proud Alstonville mum said.

“The day after the surgery she was smiling and walking around.”

It’s no wonder that little Skye, who is all too familiar with doctor surgeries and hospital wards, has a healthy fascination for all things medical.

“Her favourite thing in the world is her toy medical kit. She likes making people ‘all better’,” Ms Jackson said.

She said she was grateful for the work of the doctors and the ‘smiling nurses’ at the Lismore Base and Mater hospitals, as well as the help from the Our Kids charity.

“Our Kids has helped us buy specialised formula, which costs $700 a month,” she said.

The Our Kids Day Out aims to put a smile on the faces of local children with chronic illnesses or disabilities who are undergoing treatment.

Nurses from the Lismore Base Hospital paediatric ward will be there with smiles on.

Clowns, rides, children shows and food will be also there, as well as the fire brigade, ambulance, helicopter and police. The event is free for all.

Our Kids raises money for the Lismore Base Hospital children’s ward and for kids with special medical needs in the Richmond Valley and beyond, enabling them to receive specialist care closer to home.



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