Avery’s Fight

Published: 14 May 2018


Four-year-old Avery is fighting strong after her Leukemia diagnosis

Avery and her family
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Four-year-old Avery has spent most of her life in and out of hospital, after being diagnosed with Leukemia at ten-months-old. And just when she thought she was better, she had to prepare for another fight.

Avery was mostly bed-bound up until the age of two, with her mum, Jen, living at the hospital. Meanwhile, her dad, David, was 100-kilometers away, living at home with their five other children.

After a long fight, Avery’s only option was a bone marrow transplant. But unfortunately, after 97 days of remission, Jen got a call saying the leukemia was back.

Avery had to spend more months in hospital undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and another bone marrow transplant. She was now just three-years-old and had already endured so much.

Jen said, “She was very sick, her legs just ached and she couldn’t walk or move around. It was also the first time that we had to watch her lose her hair.”

Just when things seemed to be looking up for Avery, she contracted scalded skin syndrome, a staph infection that burnt 86-percent of her top layers of skin.

She then had to go through twelve days of intensive care, and now, after a very long journey, she’s almost made a full recovery.

David said, “She’s never stopped fighting and we’ve never stopped fighting…”

We’ll be sharing Avery’s story tonight on The Project. Tune in at 6:30.