A Bunbury family in the middle of a personal medical struggle have been left devastated by thieves who ransacked their home.
Kristy Hill and Barry Narkle senior were in Perth on June 1 so their three-year-old daughter Hannah could have an operation at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Hannah has been diagnosed with epilepsy, club feet, a cleft palate, grommets and has a brain trauma that requires 24 hour care and regular trips to Perth for specialist treatment.
That same week, Kristy visited King Edward Memorial Hospital for a regular checkup on her fourth pregnancy.
Doctors told her she required an emergency caesarean as her unborn daughter was not growing.
Aaliyah Narkle was welcomed to the world on Saturday, June 4 and was named in honour of champion boxer Muhammad Ali who passed away on the same day.
The family named Aaliyah after Ali in the hope she embodies the legend’s fighting spirit. And a fighter she will need to be.
Aaliyah was born just 27 weeks into Kristy’s pregnancy weighing 670 grams. It is too early to know if or what complications may arise from the birth.
Two days after Aaliyah’s birth, her grandmother Leslie Hill went to check on the family’s Usher home with Kristy and Barry’s two oldest children Barry jnr, 12, and Kacey, 5.
She found thieves had broken the security screens on the home’s rear windows and had torn the back sliding security screen door off its hinges to gain entry to the property.
Once inside a vast number of items were stolen including Barry jnr’s GMX 125cc dirt bike which was a Christmas present.
Kristy and Barry’s relatives told the Mail, the young family have been left devastated by the events of the past fortnight.
The couple are expected to return to Bunbury this week to clean up their house before returning to Perth to be with Hannah in Princess Margaret Hospital and Aaliyah in King Edward Memorial Hospital. Aaliyah is expected to remain in hospital for a number of months.
Police are investigating the burglary with a forensic team visiting the property last week. Any information about the burglary can be passed to police through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you would like to help the family with donations of items for Aaliyah, contact Barry on 0411 329 876.
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