Phoebe lived in fear that her heart would stop at any moment …
Phoebe was only six-months-old when she had her first pacemaker fitted. At 13, she remembers her heart first starting to race uncontrollably.
In college, her heart problems became so severe, she wondered if she’d ever be able to hold down a job or live an ordinary life.
“I never really had any vision of myself beyond the age of 30,” she says.
It’s heart-breaking to hear someone so young think that they have no future.
Phoebe was diagnosed with heart arrhythmia where the heart can beat too slowly, too fast or irregularly. Irregularities like this can be very dangerous. There is no cure, so the future looked bleak for Phoebe.
“I never felt safe. I always knew something awful could happen at any time.”
But then – like many people with serious heart conditions – she was referred to The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The goal of our cardiology team is to provide the best possible treatments for these dangerous heart conditions – to help patients like Phoebe live full lives.
To do so, they need the most advanced equipment. That’s why I need your support today. Please will you help buy a new vital piece of equipment that’s urgently needed – a Cardiac Mapping & Ablation System?
We need to raise $56,100 to provide this new piece of technology, which will enable heart specialists to view all angles of the heart and chest. They can then destroy or damage the heart tissue that is sending out electrical signals that disrupt the heart’s rhythm.
Thanks to the surgery and treatment she’s received, Phoebe’s heart has been beating normally – without medical emergencies – for two years now. It’s changed her life.
“I’ve been able to start work as a vet. I have a dog and, in the future, there’s even the possibility of having children.”
Phoebe didn’t think she had a future. She lived in fear. But the team at The Royal Melbourne have given her the chance for an ordinary life. And for her, that’s extraordinary.
But not everyone is so fortunate.
We urgently need your help today to ensure The Royal Melbourne’s cardiology team has the most efficient and effective technology available. Please give generously to help them stay at the cutting edge and save lives.
Thank you from everyone at The Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation.