Miracle reason Kerbi backs Giving Day

Published 6:00am 10 October 2023

Miracle reason Kerbi backs Giving Day
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured above: Kerbi Davis and Troy with their baby Finn

When Kerbi Davis fell pregnant with her miracle baby boy Finn, less than a year after treatment for an aggressive form of breast cancer, Redcliffe Hospital was the only birthing centre she considered using.

Not only is Kerbi a Moreton Bay resident, but the Nurse Manager has also worked at the hospital since graduating a decade ago.

“Redcliffe Hospital feels like family now, and I have such good faith in our staff and our facilities,” Kerbi said.

“There was really no other decision to make.”

Kerbi Davis receiving treatment at Redcliffe Hospital

On Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day – Thursday October 12 - Kerbi is giving back to the hospital she calls family, by urging the community to support patient care initiatives and life-changing research.

Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day is the main event for Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital, a partnership between the RBWH Foundation and Redcliffe Hospital.

Every donation received by Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day will be doubled by Giving Day Impact Partners, for twice the impact.

Donate online at www.redcliffegivingday.com.au

Miracle reason Kerbi backs Giving Day
Kerbi and Troy welcoming baby Finn into the world.

“After experiencing the facilities at Redcliffe firsthand as a patient, I can attest that initiatives funded by the Raise it for Redcliffe team definitely enhance the patient experience when you are going through a vulnerable time,” Kerbi said.

“Just as I have witnessed from a staff member perspective, I have seen our rehabilitation and paediatric patients benefit from the resources and new space provided by this initiative.”

Until falling pregnant, however, Kerbi was unsure she would ever be able to have children.

In 2021, at just 28, she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of tumour with a faster growth rate, higher risk of secondary cancers and recurrence.

Miracle reason Kerbi backs Giving Day
Finn's growing up now and enjoying a day on the beach with Troy and Kerbi.

Kerbi chose to be treated within Metro North Health, the public health district in which Redcliffe Hospital sits.

Kerbi’s oncologist placed her on ovarian suppression to try to preserve her fertility, but success could not be guaranteed.

“Chemotherapy attacks any rapidly growing cells, which places a woman’s fertility at risk,” said Kerbi. “Ovarian suppression basically puts you into temporary menopause.”

Three months after Kerbi and her partner Troy were given the all-clear to try for a family, they discovered she was pregnant.

Miracle reason Kerbi backs Giving Day
Kerbi Davis with her team at Redcliffe Hospital.

“When you are hit with a diagnosis like cancer in your twenties, your fertility is a major concern so to fall pregnant naturally really was a miracle.”

More incredible news came when Finn was three months old - Kerbi’s two-year PET scan revealed she was still cancer-free.

“With our growing community on the peninsula, Redcliffe Hospital is definitely the heart of the community and it is really important to give back where we can,” she said.

“More residents are using our resources more than ever, but it is still small enough to feel like a family.”

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