Indy keeps up fight for life
NO amount of money can give the Allen family what they really want – a new liver for 19-month-old Indianna, who could die at any moment without one.
While the Clarence Valley community scrambles to do what it can to ease the financial burden on the Allen family, Indianna is in Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital getting wearier by the day.
Her skin tone varies anywhere from orange to bright yellow.
She has already defied the odds by staying alive this long – doctors had warned the family earlier this year that she could die by mid-May.
And while she sits near the top of the Australian organ donor register, the waiting game is excruciating for the Allen family, and anyone who has been touched by her plight.
Indy’s mum Angela said her daughter was still happy, all things considered, but she had noticed subtle changes in the toddler’s mood.
“Its the high level of ammonia in her system, it’s something we’ve got to watch because her emotional state can put pressure on her brain, and she could slip into a coma or a seizure,” Angela said.
Indy’s skin tone is due to her liver not processing bilirubin properly.
“I do count the blessings every day that we have her – it’s just so frustrating because there is nothing you can do,” Angela said.
“Now I can start to see things are going downhill and the reality is hitting me.
“This is the largest thing that’s ever happened to me, and sometimes it’s hard to hold it together with a sick child close to death.”
Angela recognised that Indy already had a legacy: that she had changed many people’s views on organ donation – quite a feat for a person who can’t yet talk properly.
In order for her daughter’s plight to make a difference to others, Angela has happily let her little girl be the face of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (RCHF).
Angela and Peter have spoken before about the incredible staff at the Royal Children’s Hospital who have gone beyond the call of duty in their support for Indy and the family.
The RCHF provides valuable patient support and funds groundbreaking research in paediatric medicine whether it be faster diagnosis, better treatments or, ultimately, cures.
The foundation is always in need of more funding for this worthwhile effort, and donations can be made at Woolworths supermarkets or at the website www.workingwonders.com.au.
The Allen family also expressed their gratitude for a $2000 donation from the Riverside Church.
DIG DEEP FOR INDY
WHAT: Fundraiser for Indianna Allen at Village Green Hotel, Grafton
WHEN: Monday, May 31, 6.30pm
TICKETS: $30 – includes garlic bread and main meal.
At least $15 from each ticket will go to the Allen family.
Tickets can be purchased from the Village Green or the Riverside Church. Tickets cannot be purchased on the night.