2024 Tax Appeal

Help us fund the urgent priorities for premature and sick babies and children needing life-saving medical care at Mercy Health.

Werribee Mercy Hospital’s Paediatric Department desperately wants to keep families together, so no child is far from home. Mercy Hospital for Women’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit never wants to have to turn away a sick or premature baby.

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Tigerlily’s story

Tigerlily in hospital

The need for paediatric care within the Wyndham community is growing at a rapid rate. Werribee Mercy Hospital (WMH) provides key services to the fastest growing population in Australia. And with a growing, diverse population, comes the increasingly urgent need for expanded paediatric services within the community.

Children as young as little babies, like Tigerlily, up to young adults require an Emergency Department specific to their needs.

Tigerlily’s family was so grateful that she could be treated close to home at the Paediatric Department at WMH. She spent over a week in hospital, which was a difficult and traumatic experience for her parents, Lorraine and Francis.

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Scout and Finn’s story

The Mercy Hospital for Women’s (MHW) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nursery (SCN) cares for very sick and small babies and their parents, in Birth Suite and on the Postnatal wards.  

The NICU located in Heidelberg is only one of four perinatal NICU’s in Victoria. This means that the unit is incredibly busy, caring for over 600 of the smallest and sickest babies every year.

Lauren, Finn and Leo in the butterfly room

Some parents of these premature or sick babies have to travel for hours to get the care their baby needs… and some of these babies remain in the NICU for up to three months.

Former MHW patient, Lauren, described the work of the team in the NICU as incredible and said she was given exceptional care, especially during her family’s grief.  Lauren gave birth to twins, Scout and Finn in 2022. Sadly due to complications, Finn passed away. 

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Last reviewed May 20, 2024.