Bryce Marshall, 4, with Dr Peter Steer, the CEO of Children’s Health Services, on Friday, when the first floor of the new Queensland Children’s Hospital was completed.
Bryce Marshall, 4, with Dr Peter Steer, the CEO of Children’s Health Services, on Friday, when the first floor of the new Queensland Children’s Hospital was completed.

Bryce shows ‘cool scar'

FOUR-year-old Bryce Marshall will have a scar running from his breast bone to the bottom of his ribs for the rest of his life.

But if you ask him about his heart operation the first thing he’ll do is pull up his shirt and show you the “cool” scar.

The brave Rockhampton boy might be suffering from a complex congenital heart condition, but he’s just like any other boy his age.

His parents, Brad and Fiona, have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House while Bryce has been recovering from his second open-heart surgery at Brisbane’s Mater Children’s Hospital on May 4.

“He’s starting to get over being in hospital,” Brad said. “He keeps saying he’s missing his friends and his day care.”

And after 130 days spent in hospital throughout his short life it is no wonder.

But Brad said his “little Bryce” enjoyed his daily walk past the cranes and diggers working on the new Queensland Children’s Hospital next door.

The Mater will soon merge with the Royal Children’s Hospital to form a new “world-class” facility.

Bryce and his parents joined Health Minister Geoff Wilson as the final cement was poured on the first floor of the new hospital on Friday.

Mr Wilson said it was one of the largest public health projects in Australia.

It will hold 359 beds, 71 more than the combined total at the Mater and Royal Children’s hospitals.

“The Queensland Children’s Hospital will ensure our most seriously ill children get world-class care from world-leading paediatric specialist staff,” Mr Wilson said.

“It will deliver top-level emergency care and new obesity, pain and allergy clinics, along with a new renal treatment centre.”

Mr Wilson said the government was investing more than $100 million across six sites.



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