Ashley is held by his mum Tansie Higgins. The raffle was raising funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital, and prizes were donated by B & L Mower World.
Ashley is held by his mum Tansie Higgins. The raffle was raising funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital, and prizes were donated by B & L Mower World. JoJo Newby

Ashley's life battle prompted raffle

BEING put through every parent's worst nightmare led mum Tansie Higgins to become involved in fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital.

The first three months of her son Ashley's life were spent in Mater Hospital in Brisbane due to a heart defect and a stomach problem which led to surgery within the first 19 hours of his life.

At 10 weeks he had open heart surgery to get a shunt inserted and will go under the knife early next year for permanent repair.

"Even though we went through what we did, being up there and meeting other kids and families, it made me realise that all things considered we had it pretty easy," Tansie said.

"Everything that was wrong with Ashley could be fixed and I met people in those three months that were basically preparing for the worst. You hear stories about things like this happening but you never think it will happen to you, so while the money isn't going to the hospital we were at, it will help kids in a similar situation."

Woolworths in Grafton Shoppingworld hosted the raffle and prizes were donated by B & L Mower World.



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