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Raised by 56 people in 25 months

           Dad’s anxious, hopeful wait is OVER!
A day after this article was published in the Frankston Standard Leader Billy Coburn has a new Heart!

Billy's wife, Claire, will now be his full time carer until he is well enough to return to work which is predicted to be months away.

Let's all kick in and raise enough funds to support Billy, Claire and their four children during this exciting but difficult time.
All donations, big or small will add up!
Billy is an amazing father to four children, husband to Claire as well as a  teacher and mentor to many children and families, especially the St John's Primary School Community.

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Thanks to everyone that has donated so far. What an amazing effort.
These funds will really help the Coburn family over the next 6 months or more whilst Billy is recovering.
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Day 17 Billy's First Day At Home Post Transplant (29/7/17) After a bit of a rough night trying to find a comfortable spot to sleep we finally worked it out in the early hours of the morning. :) Billy's day was fairly quiet apart from us going to the doctors for a blood test to find out his INR levels. The results showed that he requires more clexane injections. I think I could almost be a nurse now. I am able to give injections without my stomach turning. I just feel sorry for him every time that needle pricks his tummy. When we got home Billy took it easy and relaxed. Our friend who is an ICU nurse at The Alfred came and saw him to check a few things, and answering his questions. We are blessed to be surrounded by very loving people. It was lovely coming home after taking the boys to play footy at half time during the local footy game. Friends and family were at our house chatting with each other and smiling. It was like opening the door to happiness. It really was beautiful to see from our front door. The children have found a way to cuddle Billy without hurting him. It was so sweet watching Georgia standing by Billy's side rubbing his forehead. It reminded me of when I sat by his side during those tough days after his surgery. I couldn't help but smile. It was beautiful. Seeing Clara, Will, Archie and Georgia being so gentle is touching. Tonight as I was putting Archie to bed he said the most beautiful thing. What he said brought tears to my eyes because it was that very moment I knew how he was processing this life changing event for our gorgeous family. He said the following " Dad needs to rest so that when his body and his heart wake up, they say " I'm going to be friends with you" . Once again, thank you for your love and support. To everyone who is helping us, thank you. To everyone who has prayed, sent cards, messaged, phoned or been on the other end of the phone when I have called, thank you. The last 17 days have been amazing and my whole perspective on life has changed. Clara, Will, Archie, Georgia< Billy and I can now focus continuing to have fun and make the most of life. :)
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Today, July 26th 2017 is two weeks since we received 'the call', and Billy was given the most precious gift, a beautiful heart which will allow him to have a second chance at life. When he is strong enough he will be able to run around with Clara, Will, Archie and Georgia. He'll be able to play footy with them, and possibly a little bit later down the track for the supers at The Tigersharks. The gift of life means more to us than words can say. Most of you may not know this, but Billy was given two years to live last year. That was why we made sure we focused on what really matters to us the most. That involve creating memories for our children and teaching them to make the most of everything and enjoy life. Billy continues to inspire me every day. What we have shared together over the last few weeks will change our lives forever. Today Billy's stitches came out and his PICC line was removed. Billy had an echocardiogram followed by a session at the gym. The pharmacist discussed medicatoins and spoke about what they do. The transplant nurse spoke to Billy and told him about making sure he doesn't come into contact with anyone who is sick. A small cold for the average person could land Billy in hospital should he catch it. This is because his immune system is now suppressed due to medication that he is on. If anyone would like to visit him please ensure you are well.
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Day 12 (24/7/17). UPDATE Last night Billy, under the guidance of his nurse, unpacked and administered his own medication. He has about 50 tablets a day. He won't be allowed to leave the hospital until he is able to unpack and administer his meds independently. Last night when Bart left with his parents and James, Billy walked all the way to the end of his ward and back to his room without his frame for the first time. It was the furthest he has walked without any help. All I could think about was he proud our children would be seeing standing at the end of his ward talking to Bart without having to hold on to anything. This morning I parked my car at my friend's house and caught the tram to the hospital. Thanks @Nancy for the parking pass.
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