TAKING her daughter Hannah to the doctors with persistent flu and virus like symptoms, Kristy Whitton never imagined what would follow.
Hannah was sent straight to Armidale Hospital, where she spent one night, and the very next day was airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in Sydney.
Diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently, Hannah will ultimately need a heart transplant.
“To watch someone who’s forever been the together friend need help is just heartbreaking," close friend Ms Kliendienst said.
For every evasive procedure, Hannah receives a Heartbead from Heartkids, as a reward for all her hardships faced in hospital.
The string has more than 170 beads on it to date.
After 14 weeks in Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital, Hannah has recently been flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for specialist care while waiting to be put on the transplant list.
"This is such unfamiliar territory, you are thrown into the depths of grief but Hannah is still alive, she's here, she's with us," Ms Kliendienst said.
Even through the hardship, Hannah is still thanking the nurses with her polite manners and amazing smile.
Ms Kliendienst said the family are incredibly grateful to the people of Armidale and the district for their support.
"In dark times it shows, the whole town has been propping us up,” she said.
Kristy’s best friends Rachael Kliendienst and Shannon Smith have organised an auction at the Armidale Bowling Club.
Prizes include a two night stay at the Mantra on the Gold Coast, drawings by an architect, themed kids bed, signed sports jerseys and more.
The fundraiser is on July 22, doors open at 6pm with the auction starting at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the Armidale Bowling Club.
Money can also be donated to the Heart for Hannah account, the account number is 753302 and the BSB is 932000.