Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Child's Health Battle; Parents Forced to Watch Their Little Girl Endure Pain

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Child's Health Battle; Parents Forced to Watch Their Little Girl Endure Pain

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MITCH

CRAWLEY

mitch.crawley@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

TWO Hervey Bay parents unable to meet treatment costs for their sick one-year-old daughter have pleaded for changes to the medical benefits scheme.

Glenn and Amy Rivera said they were left to feel helpless as their child, Brianna, struggled with the rare medical condition, Lymphe-dema.

The illness caused Brianna's legs and feet to fill with fluid and she suffered arthritis-like pain unless medically designed compression garments were worn.

Two of the socks are needed for each leg and cost the family $300 and $150 respectively.

aShe gets cramps in her ankles and knees and at night time she will wake up screaming,a Amy said.

aIt is very difficult on us as parents a we can't really afford $900 every couple of months.a

Glenn and Amy moved to the region recently from New South Wales and said the compression garments Brianna needed had been covered under the medical benefits scheme there. …

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