Klaudia, One of Australia’s Bravest Kids

April 06, 2016

Last April, 8-year-old Klaudia Del Brocco was diagnosed with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) septicaemia. It’s a long name for a rare and particularly dangerous strain of staph infection that kept Klaudia in the hospital for 3 months.

Klaudia is the daughter of Matt Del Brocco, the State General Manager of our Melbourne office. “It was a lot to deal with,” Matt said. “She was doing dance three times a week — ballet, tap and musical theatre. But all that got taken away from her in a matter of weeks.”

Klaudia Del Brocco, 8. Picture by Alex Coppel

Sophie and Matthew Del Brocco with daughter, Klaudia, 8. Picture by Alex Coppel.

Perhaps the most frightening thing about Klaudia’s infection is how quickly it moved through the body. Because MRSA septicaemia is resistant to most antibiotics, her treatment had to be swift and aggressive. A three month stay at Monash Children’s Hospital included surgery in Klaudia’s shoulder, lung, ankle, left femur, and hip.

Though her battle is far from over, Klaudia is now living back home with her family. What makes her story unique isn’t the infection, the medicine, or even her recovery — it’s the way she handled the entire process from start to finish. Even in intensive care, her spirit and zest for life were a source of hope and inspiration to her family. In an extraordinary act of gratitude and will, Klaudia walked 1km in the annual Walk for Monash Children’s Hospital, a charity event held March 6. Just months earlier, doctors were unsure whether she would ever walk again.

We’re proud to know the Del Brocco family and honored to share Klaudia’s story. Please consider supporting the Monash Children’s Hospital as they continue to heal, revive, and enrich the lives of children all across the country. To learn more about how you can help, visit www.mchwalk.com.au.