We have created this page to show support to an empowering young woman, who is very close to our hearts, she is our sister, someone who has always been there for us when we need her and now we are here when she needs us the most.
Vannessa is a woman who has defined all odds and achieved things that were considered a miracle.
She is someone we look up to, a hero in our eyes and truly an amazing person, who has made such a great impact on so many lives.
Once we reach our goal or if Vannessa receives her life saving call for heart plant before the goal is reached all funds and future will be gifted to Vannessa via bank transfer
~THIS IS VANNESSA'S STORY~
Her name is Vannessa, she is a young mother of an amazing 8 year old son. She was born with a very complex congenital heart disease called Dextrocardia with situs inversus, which means that her heart is mirror reversed and positioned on the right side of her body.
Being born in the mid 80's with a rare congenital heart condition was not easy for Vannessa. Her statistics of survival were not great, however she has out lived any statistic and achieved most things in her life that she was told was impossible. She has had many battles over the years including her first heart surgery at 3 months old and 4 open heart surgeries from a young child to late 20's and had her first pacemaker inserted at the age of 4 years old.
Vannessa lives in Australia, in Northern New South Wales with her husband and beautiful 8 year old son that she is so ever grateful for. A child is a beautiful gift for anyone but a little more special to her because she was told pregnancy wasn't possible for her due to her heart but Vannessa defied the odds and her son is perfectly healthy in every way.
Vannessa has never let her condition define her or hold her back, she has always worked full time prior to having her son and part time after becoming a Mum. Vannessa has never let anyone see her as the sick person but things have been a little different in the last 7 months.
Mid October 2016 Vannessa caught a virus of sorts and after many tests and trips to the doctors with no answers, she came to realise that it was her heart. In November 2016 she was admitted to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for heart failure but at this stage it was just caused by the virus and thought she would be back at work in no time, but fast forward 7 months, 5 hospital admissions and 7 trips to Sydney and here she is.
Vannessa is in congestive heart failure and has been listed on the heart transplant waiting list at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney.
As Vannessa lives 9 hours away from Sydney the travel and medical expenses have become very costly with only her husbands income to cover the expenses.
Vannessa and her family need to travel to Sydney once a month for appointments with the heart transplant clinic and will continue to be admitted to hospital for treatment and once she does get her new heart, Vannessa and her little family will need to stay in Sydneys CBD, close by the hospital for at least 3 months minimum and pay for accommodation and living expenses in Sydney and for their home in Northern NSW.
It is expensive being as sick as she is and then have general living thrown on top.
Vannessa is not the type of person to ask for help, but is alway the first in line to help others.
Vannessa doesn't have a date for her transplant yet, Vannessa is just waiting on that life saving phone call.
So if you can please share Vannessa's story, in support of a new heart and help to support Vannessa and her family, we would be forever grateful and thank you so much this means more than you will ever know.
Ness you are our inspiration. You are our hero. We Love you!
- The Booths
- Kevin and Cath Ennis
- Steven Hoffman
- Tracey Slingsby
- SSW PTC Morning Tea
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