Georgie's Story 

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The Allen family is originally from Kununurra, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, over 3,000kms from Perth.

Leah (Mum), Nick (Dad), Georgie, Eliza and Maya, now call Perth home.

The family had to relocate to Perth for little Georgie, who has laryngomalacia. This means that she struggles to eat and breathe.

Georgie was born 6 weeks premature with a swollen airway, and for the first year of her life, she had trouble eating and breathing, losing significant weight as a newborn.

Georgie is 20 months old, and in her short life, she has endured multiple surgeries. She has a tracheotomy to help her breathe and is tube fed to help her grow.

Georgie needs to be close to the hospital at all times. She has spent half of her life in hospital.

Ronald McDonald House Charities WA was the Allen family’s home away from home, where they could keep close together and be Georgie’s strong support system.

“While Georgie was being taken care of over in the hospital, our family was being taken care of in Ronald McDonald House.

I often tell people that it’s hard to imagine what it’s like being away from home for such long periods of time, when your child needs critical care,” says Leah.

For 188 nights, RMHC WA supported the Allen family during an extremely difficult and scary time. The family was able to stay together kilometres from home and be close to Georgie in her time of need.