children’s hospital is a brand new series on Channel 9 and 9Nowwhich explores the incredible work taking place in two of Western Australia’s busiest hospitals.
During the first episode, viewers were introduced to five-year-old Harper, who checked into Perth Children’s Hospital after suffering from intermittent headaches and vomiting.
Upon arrival, her parents, Meagan and Dominic, learned of every parent’s worst nightmare: that their daughter had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball and the best solution was to remove it. by surgery.
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During the episode, Dominic recalled how his wife picked up Harper from school after feeling unwell.
“When she arrived she couldn’t communicate properly and her eyes were in the back of her head,” he said. “It’s pretty scary for a parent to hear on the phone.”
Meagan then took the little girl straight to the hospital. She said: “They sent her for a scan, I was with her. You see the doctors go by and you know something is going on… The doctors followed us and they closed the curtain.
“They told us she had a massive mass on her brain. That’s all I heard and then I passed out.”
Watch the brave parents discuss their daughter’s diagnosis in the main video.
Doctors later told Meagan and Dominic that the tumor had likely been in Harper’s brain for months.
They said the majority of it would have to be removed by surgery, before treatment could be done to remove the rest of the cells.
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It was going to be a very serious operation that always carries great risks, the doctor told them.
“It’s quite difficult to tell a five-year-old what’s going on,” added Dominic. “She understands that she has a big lump in her head and we told her, we don’t want to hide it from her.
“But I guess you should draw some sort of line so you don’t scare them away. Probably the testing week of my life, to be honest.”
children’s hospital Executive producer Julia Redwood recently spoke to 9Entertainment about the family, saying their powerful and moving story was a “wonderful” thing to show viewers.
“The spirit of this little girl and her parents, who are just strong for her but clearly hurting so much inside…they care so much.” she says.
“But for her, they stay strong. I think that’s so wonderful, and that’s what so many parents have to do.
“To see that in a movie, to see that demonstrated in a TV series is pretty remarkable. They are incredibly brave people to come on TV for us and share their stories.”
After a five-hour surgery with Dr Sharon, Meagan and Dominic were thrilled to find the procedure was a success.
The episode ended by saying that little Harper is now responding well to further treatment from the PCH oncology team.
“I don’t think we can ever say how grateful we are,” Meagan told Dr. Sharon in heartwarming scenes.
The first episode also covers other children and their families at Perth Children’s Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital in WA. You can catch up 9Now.
The eight-part series shines a light on the incredible frontline staff who work tirelessly to treat, comfort and entertain the little patients who walk through the doors of the emergency department every day.
Children’s Hospital continues Friday at 8 p.m. on 9Gem. Stream free episodes of Children’s Hospital on 9Now.
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