Cystic fibrosis sufferer 12, needs new lungs and our help

A HERVEY Bay family is in desperate need of help to move their little girl to Melbourne for a vital lung transplant.

Jess Irving is an intelligent 12 year old, currently bedridden in Hervey Bay Hospital after picking up a bug.

She has cystic fibrosis and has been in the hospital for about two months as she awaits the next step in her treatment.

But the bubbly girl isn't letting the "boring" hospital get to her - she's making the most of the time she has left in Hervey Bay.

Playing the Sims on PlayStation 3 or "hanging out with the cool nurses" is what keeps Jess busy.

But the family will be even busier from Tuesday as they make the move to Melbourne and the Royal Children's Hospital.

Jess's mum Trina Noonan and dad Mat Irving have found it difficult to watch her lung function dropping to 30% from 100% in little more than a year.

"It's heartbreaking - it's been hard, we try to be strong," Mr Irving said.

Once the family reaches Melbourne it will be a waiting game.

"It's when suitable lungs become available," Mr Irving said.

The family is renting a house in Hervey Bay and need it cleaned and the car serviced before making the move to Melbourne.

Sexy Gardens owner Gary Jensen and volunteers from the Maryborough Lunch Bunch have offered to clean the house, inside and out.

With the family also struggling financially, the Fraser Coast community has been asked to help them out.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell has invited them to write to him asking for assistance through the Mayoral Community Fund.

But a service for their older car and a pest control treatment for their home is urgently needed.

Because the family is breaking a lease, they can't afford these necessities.

If you can help with a car service or pest control treatment phone journalist Hayden Johnson on 0438 238 365.

Jessica Irving with her parents Mathew Irving and Trina Noonan at Hervey Bay Hospital.
Jessica Irving with her parents Mathew Irving and Trina Noonan at Hervey Bay Hospital. Contributed


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