A while ago I was contacted by a girl named Tess who had just moved to the remote town of Coraki on the NSW North Coast. She had been touched by a local family who were trying to raise the money to save their daughter, Paige’s life.
You see, Paige has a blockage in the vein between her digestive organs and her liver, meaning that the function of her liver is severely compromised. It all started from a staph infection in her belly button as a baby which has caused her to live a gruesome childhood of pain. As a result of this blockage, blood back flows into all of her major organs putting them under immense pressure and often causing them to rupture.
There is surgery that could save her life. However, with a 90% chance of success comes the cost of travelling to the USA plus medical expenses.
A little about how it unfolded for me… After being contacted by Tess, I couldn’t say no to donating my time, a photoshoot for them, to try and help with the awareness of the campaign. During my time at the Humphreys house I kept offering to take a photo of this or that, to make the most of it for them while I was there and they repeatedly told me that they just needed to get Paige sorted. The genuinity was strong.
It was the same week that I had been to photograph a friend and her 3 boys and husband who has cancer. I knew the week would be emotionally intense somewhat, but I just got on with it. I just wanted to help.
It wasn’t until I was sitting in a sister circle with a bunch of women the following week, that I finally acknowledged and spoke what had happened, that I turned into a blubbering mess. Like, that real ugly sob type of blubbering mess. Here I was, sitting here thinking about fucking instagram in my spare time while these families are going through the most dreadful, ferociously emotionally demanding times in their life. Life was literally standing RIGHT in front of them.
I feel like crying right now. I feel so honoured that I can give to people. That my photography, if not raising the money necessary to help, will at least give people the memories that we want to simply bottle up and hold onto forever.
I am posting this now because i’ve just been informed that Paige has taken a turn for the worse and it has turned from urgent to critical. They are unsure how long she has left, we need to help this family now. I know that any donations will be accepted with the deepest sincerity so I have included the link should you be able to donate:
Thank you!! xx
Please if you can donate anything, do sop here: https://chuffed.org/project/saving-paige-humphreys#/story