About Starship

Starship Children’s Health is a dedicated paediatric healthcare service and major teaching centre, providing family centred care to children and young people throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific. The Starship Foundation is a social-profit organisation that raises funds so Starship Children’s Health can better care for its young patients. Donations are an extra to Government funding and provide a variety of initiatives such as building refurbishments, new technology, vital research, boosted family support, preventative programmes and staff training. As a charitable organisation, Starship Foundation exists through the generosity of its donors and supportive organisations in the community who lovingly donate money and/or time to assist in making Starship a world class medical facility.

Ivy’s story

Ivy during her life-saving treatment at Starship

Through my challenge sponsorship I will be specifically raising funds to purchase a 3D Transthoracic imaging scope which will be used for paediatric cardiac diagnostics. My husband is a perfusionist at Auckland city hospital and it is through this connection, along with volunteering with  children who have been heart patients at Starship, that I have decided to focus my sponsorship in this area.

A healthy Ivy and her mum, Courtney

I would like to thank Courtney and Jarrod for telling me, and allowing me to share, the story of their little girl Ivy, and the life-saving support that she received at Starship.
“There was a time when Courtney and Jarrod could not even imagine an older version of Ivy…she was so sick. As soon as the specialist in Wellington saw Ivy, she was rushed to the airport for an emergency flight to Starship on the Starship National Air Ambulance. At Starship the news was crushing. Heart failure. Liver failure. Ivy went straight into urgent surgery. There was no time to prepare or to say goodbye. The family were helpless. They were completely in the hands of the nurses, doctors, staff… and in the hands of wonderful supporters like Mina and you. Finally came the words every Starship mum and dad dreams of hearing…Ivy had come through surgery really well. “I burst into tears. It was the happiest moment of my life,” Courtney. Thanks to wonderful supporters like you a mum’s worst minutes suddenly became the happiest moment of her life. That is the power your support has to help a family like Ivy’s. Ivy had come through surgery really well and she has just started the year at daycare. She loves it and if you looked into her smiling eyes while she plays with other children, you could probably never tell how sick she had been. Thank you for caring for New Zealand’s most vulnerable children. ” Starship Foundation.

Where will your donation go?

All donations made to Starship will go towards the purchase of an X7-2 paediatric 3D Transthoracic scope.  These probes are used on children and babies with congenital heart disease to better define the intracardiac structures and function both pre and post operatively.  The images obtained give the surgeons and cardiologists a better understanding of the abnormalities and allow improved planning for the surgical repair.

Two-dimensional echocardiograph (heart ultrasound) is currently the primary diagnosis modality for babies and children with heart disease at Starship. High Resolution three-dimensional echocardiography provides a new way of diagnosing heart problems. This technology has been available for several years for older patients and for younger children who can have an anaesthetic and a trans oesophageal procedure (where the imaging probe is passed down the gullet) but has only just become available for smaller children with standard imaging.  This means that more invasive and dangerous tests such as trans oesophageal ultrasound, MRI, CT and cardiac catheterization can be avoided.

To find out more about the incredible work that the Starship Foundation do, click here!

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