Charissa Simpson and her family need your assistance. Until three weeks ago Charissa was a healthy 23 year old, studying to become a Vet. She suddenly became ill, and was flown to a Brisbane ICU unit where her life hung in the balance for 2 weeks as she underwent 9 hours of open heart surgery and remained on life support for 10 days. Charissa has Cardiomyopathy, and will require a heart transplant. Just a few years ago she would not have survived, but she now has a small pump in the left side of her heart requiring changes of a specialized battery every four hours.
Her parent's, Dave & Lynette had to close their cafe 'Monsoon Cruising' at the busiest time of their business year. Some of you may have even been served a coffee or lunch by Charissa, as she worked at the cafe during her university holidays. Or you may know her from 'The Towel Man', Video Ezy or the local vet. Charissa often had a young wallaby in a sling whilst fulfilling her role as a wildlife carer.
Charissa, her parents and older brother Colin (who has high care needs due to cerebral palsy) have had to re-locate to Brisbane where they need to be for up to 18 months. Being on the heart transplant list means they need to live within 15 minutes of the hospital, a very expensive area in which to rent. Please help support Charissa and this wonderful family with your donation.