PHOTO GALLERY: Hospital party lifts sick children's spirits
PHOEBE Bates has spent most of her young life in the children's ward of Hervey Bay Hospital with her mum Renee Bates by her side.
She has cerebral palsy and needs constant treatment from the Queensland Health team.
But life for the four-year-old looked different to the four walls of her hospital room yesterday when she attended the Children's Unit Christmas Party yesterday.
Children were able to run around the grassed area at the back of the hospital with painted faces and forget their troubles.
The party was a much-needed break for Ms Bates who is a self-confessed lover of all things Christmas.
"I really love Christmas, so being stuck in a hospital room and not being able to put up the Christmas tree or decorations and seeing the Christmas lights is pretty tough," Ms Bates said.
"It's nice to have a break from hospital, medication, doctors and paediatricians, it's really precious actually.
"I've got a three-year-old Samuel as well, and he loves Christmas, but having mum in hospital and splitting between grandparents and friends and family, it's tough on him as well, but we're getting there.
"Hopefully we'll be home for Christmas and that's what will matter."