“I’m going to play netball for the Australian Diamonds or if that doesn’t work out, in the Women’s AFL!”
Ruby is just nine years old with big dreams for her future.
But Ruby’s lungs have always struggled to keep up with her determination making her asthma especially dangerous.
Ruby’s mum Jocelyn remembers, “As a baby she was in and out of hospital with bronchitis and then pneumonia. I have never been more terrified than seeing her little lips turn blue and knowing she wasn’t getting air to her lungs.
“As she got older, finding Asthma WA was a godsend. They’ve taught her to self-manage her asthma, connected us with respiratory specialists and guided us through lung function testing. They even helped to create a custom Asthma Action Plan so Ruby and her friends, family and school are ready for any emergency situation.”
Right now, families like Ruby’s are desperate for information and are worried about the impact COVID-19 could have on them. They need the same life-saving education and support that has saved Ruby’s life on multiple occasions to be provided by telehealth.
“It was her school’s athletics day. I saw her dropping back in a race she normally does well in. By the time she got to the finish line her face was a horrid blue-green colour and she wasn’t able to get a breath in. Her teachers saw it happening too and had her emergency kit ready on the side-line – thank god for the Asthma Action Plan!”
Ruby was able to meet with her respiratory specialist and develop an Asthma Action Plan to keep her playing sports safely. With the arrival of COVID-19, and the potential demand on GPs, respiratory specialists and hospitals, access to these services may be delayed.
At a time when kids like Ruby with asthma and other with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are even more vulnerable and needing support, the demand on the team at Asthma WA is greater than ever.
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