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Operation hits home

Tuesday, 26th March, 2013

Dad Phillip and daughter Zali with the ute he’ll be forced to sell if not enough is donated. Dad Phillip and daughter Zali with the ute he’ll be forced to sell if not enough is donated.

By Kurtis J Eichler

At just four-years-old, Zali Dowling has undergone 13 operations. In little over two weeks, she'll go under the knife for the 14th time to fix a condition which is making her kidneys smaller than normal.

Zali has suffered from reflux which travels through her bladder and into her left kidney ever since she was born.

On April 9, she'll be admitted to Memorial Hospital in Adelaide to fix her bladder.

For Phillip and Tammie Dowling, the hospital bills keep mounting and the prospect of seeking financial relief is looking bleak.

The operation will cost between $9,000 and 10,000, and Phillip has already made the heart-wrenching decision to sell off some of his prized possessions and cash in his superannuation.

"I've cleaned up my motorbike and am going to sell that," The Alison House employee told the BDT.

"If we don't raise enough I have to get rid of the ute I just purchased last year."

The couple are asking locals to throw them a lifeline and help cover the costs of the anaesthetist and doctor, as well as the general hospital costs.

On Sunday, they cooked sausages outside Woolworths to raise money and say they have $1600 so far.

"Even her pre-school donated another $60."

Anyone wanting to donate money can contact the family on 8087 2259.

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