Canterbury Bulldogs NRL player Chris Armit has auctioned off his match worn Heritage jersey for the Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Chris Armit and his partner Kristy welcomed their first child into the world ten weeks ago. They were naturally delighted, but there were a few early complications. Their son, Cruz, was born six weeks premature.
We can’t thank the Sydney Adventist Hospital enough, not only for how they looked after Cruz but for how they were with Kristy and me, we were treated like family
“He was so small he could fit into the palm of my hands,” says Chris.
As a premmie baby, Cruz was required to stay at the Sydney Adventist Hospital for two weeks so the doctors could monitor him and make sure his vital organs were functioning.
For the first week Kristy was able to stay in the hospital with him but for the second week, it was just Cruz on his own. Chris had to make the daily trips to visit his new son in between his training and games of football.
Fast forward ten weeks and Cruz is now just like any other baby, occasionally causing some sleepless nights but healthy and happy.
“We can’t thank the Sydney Adventist Hospital enough, not only for how they looked after Cruz but for how they were with Kristy and me, we were treated like family,” says Chris.
“It was a mixture of emotions; we had our new son but we had to leave him in the hospital and go home without him. The hospital made it so much easier for us and we just want to do something to say thanks.”
Chris who has played for the Canterbury Bulldogs since 2005—decided to auction off his Round 10 match-worn jersey to raise funds for the Sydney Adventist Hospital. He had it signed by the team and framed for the lucky winner.
Representatives from the Sydney Adventist Hospital say they’re “incredibly thankful” for the recognition and support.