On Easter Sunday 2018 Michael & Shelley Porter's son was involved in a horrific accident at home. Maddox's left hand was severely severed in lawn mower blades, and he was flown to the Queensland Children's Hospital by LifeFlight for emergency surgery.
Maddox has since undergone many complex reconstructive procedures to improve the function of his left hand. His family were inspired by the work of Dr Michael Wagels and the team of surgeons, nurses and hand therapists involved in Maddox's care. All involved, have in turn, been inspired by the resilience and courage shown by Maddox and his family.
Dr Michael Wagels, Director of the Australian Centre for Complex Integrated Surgical Solutions (ACCISS) & his team have been performing world first life changing surgeries and the family know that if Dr Michael hadn't been on call that Easter Sunday, their son Maddox would not have a hand.
ACCISS was launched in October 2019. Its mission is to help clinicians access new and emerging technologies that improve the care of patients. These include 3D printing, Computer Aided Design & Virtual & Augmented Reality devices.
Maddox's Helping Hand Foundation (MHHF) was established in 2020 and supports ACCISS where the public hospital system cannot. In May 2021 MHHF held its first fundraising event and has since raising over $400,000.00.
The combined missions of ACCISS and MHHF have facilitated access to specialised skills and technology for countless patients across Queensland children in particular.
In 2021, ACCISS provided support for 38 patients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) and Queensland Children's Hospital (QCH). In 2022, its caseload increased more than 20-fold, supporting care of more than 770 patients accross the PAH, QCH and The Prince Charles Hospitals with 3D printed anatomic models, virtual surgical planning sessions and 3D printed surgical guides. This has only been possible because of the generous efforts of MHHF.
ACCISS can change lives, just like it has helped change Maddox's!
'The funds raised by Maddox's Helping Hand allows ACCISS to provide its essential clinical services to patients of the Queensland Children's Hospital and the clinicians that care for them. We can do this in an organised way and track our progress . This is important because it changes the lives of patients with complex needs and affords us the ability to measure the difference that we are making. This will be a key feature of making these kinds of clinical services a routine aspect of patient care in the future.'
Dr Michael Wagels
Director of the Australian Centre for Complex Integrated Surgical Solutions
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Maddox’s Helping Hand Foundation is an endorsed Deductible Gift Recipient under subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. All donations in excess of $2 are tax-deductible under Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
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