Mater Mission Fund: helping our most vulnerable

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Sometimes it’s the little things which can make the greatest difference to a family in need. Dealing with the sudden loss of a family member is heartbreaking at any time, but when you’re far from home, the sense of uncertainty can be overwhelming.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, the Mater Mission Fund is able to provide assistance to patients and their families who are experiencing financial hardship due to medical treatment costs.

Last year, one of the beneficiaries was a family whose mother, aged 45, passed away suddenly following a stroke and heart attack.

South Australian mother-of-eight Katie* had made the long journey to north Queensland to visit one of her daughters when she fell ill.

After being assessed at a local hospital, Katie was flown to Brisbane and admitted to Mater Hospital Brisbane’s Intensive Care Unit.

Her family hoped for the best. Two of them borrowed money to travel to Brisbane to see Katie and be with her son, who had also come to Brisbane.

Sadly, Katie passed away before they arrived.

With limited financial resources, Katie’s family didn’t know what to do.

They wanted to take her home to South Australia for a burial, as is the custom, but they couldn’t afford the transport costs on top of the cost of a funeral.

Mater was able to provide Katie’s family with assistance when they needed it most; Mater Mission Fund covered the cost to repatriate Katie’s body to South Australia for burial.

The fund also covered the cost of one night’s accommodation in Brisbane and flights for her family to return to South Australia.

Being able to take their mum home meant the world to this family in their time of need.

*Name changed to protect the person’s identity.