Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Life's a Battle for Little Luca; HOLE IN HEART: Community Rallies to Help Cheery Cabarita Youngster

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Life's a Battle for Little Luca; HOLE IN HEART: Community Rallies to Help Cheery Cabarita Youngster

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Byline: RON GOODMAN Ron.goodman@mydailynews.com.au

LUCA Hurley is just 16 months old, yet fate has dished up more adversity than the average person would endure in their entire life.

Looking at the beautiful, affectionate infant, you would never guess he was born with a hole in his heart, one so large that surgeons had to operate on him at the tender age of five weeks.

The open heart surgery went well, but in transit to the normal ward a line had to be removed, unexpectedly causing a massive bleed.

aIt took 45 minutes of CPR to save him, then 10 days on life support,'' Mrs Hurley said. Little Luca suffered global brain injury as a result and now has cerebral palsy and cortical vision damage.

The people of Cabarita and surrounds have opened their hearts to the family, with the newsagency selling raffle tickets to raise funds towards the $25,000 a year needed for Luca's one-on-one therapy. Businesses from Cabarita, Byron Bay, Casuarina, and around the region have donated prizes. …

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