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3AW live from The Alfred for #Give4Dads — Donate here

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3AW was broadcasting live from The Alfred hospital on Friday to help make sure the best care is available for Australian dads and their families when they need it most.

For one day only, they are holding a very special Father’s Day Appeal, G1VE 4 DADS.

As one of the nation’s leading hospitals, The Alfred is the trusted provider of 14 vital state-wide services, and cares for the sickest patients in the region.

For one day only, we will be holding a very special Father’s Day Appeal, G1VE 4 DADS.

G1VE 4 DADS is aiming to raise $800,000 to purchase new, state-of-the-art equipment that will benefit all our patients.

To help us reach this target, every donation you make on Friday, 31 August will be multiplied by four thanks to the pledged gifts of our generous supporters. In particular, The Alfred wishes to thank Bulla Family Dairy, our presenting partner, as a major Victorian family owned business their support we help us improve the care we are able to provide to our patients and their families.

This means your gift will have four times the impact.

You can help by showing your support through a donation and by sharing the Appeal with your friends and family. Together, we can make a positive change for Victorian families.

(Neil Mitchell with Dr Helen Stergiou, Emergency and Trauma Physician at Alfred Health)

Sarah, Rob and little Axel Hawthorn joined Neil Mitchell at The Alfred.

Sarah was eight months pregnant when she came down with the flu last year.

She went to her local hospital where an emergency delivery took place, and her baby boy was born five weeks early.

Sarah was in an induced coma and flown here to The Alfred, where he spent three months in a coma, unaware that she’d given birth.

“I remember being unwell and not being able to breathe, I was getting quite scared,” she said.

“I’m very lucky for a reason, I had a very good team around me at The Alfred.

“Although you don’t want to end up here, you end up in good hands.”

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Professor Andrew Taylor, Director of Cardiac MRI and Head of Cardiac CT at The Alfred is a lead author of a study which has found that current clinical guidelines may be exposing some heart failure patients to unnecessary surgery and risk, because implantable defibrillators (ICDs) may not always carry benefit.

“Medical therapies are changing all the time, what might have been the best standard of care 10 years ago, isn’t any more,” Professor Taylor said.

“Defibrillators are aimed at preventing sudden death, if you have a life threatening arrhythmia, they don’t really do anything a part from that, it’s like an airbag for the heart.

“So if the heart function does improve in the course of medical therapy above a certain threshold that risk is much lower so those patients probably don’t need that device any more.”

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