Rhylie, 12, Angie and Scott Murrowood have put life on hold while they care for Corbin, 20 months, who has Vacterl syndrome. Picture: BEN EYLES.THE identity of a stranger who paid three weeks worth of rent for a Wodonga family with a very sick toddler remains a mystery, despite the family’s efforts to track down the generous donor.
Angie and Scott Murrowood have a 20-month-old son, Corbin who has spent more than half his life in hospital, including four months on life support.
He has had eight operations and has been resuscitated six times after flatlining.
Corbin has Vacterl syndrome, which means he has problems in his heart, lungs and liver, as well as being born with an extra kidney.
Last month Corbin was rushed to Albury Base Hospital and then off to Melbourne where he was again put on life support.
Unable to get into their real estate agent Stockdale and Leggo that week, Mrs Murrowood called them to say they wouldn’t be able to make it in to pay their rent and asked if a staff member who lived next door could keep an eye on the house.
“Within about two seconds I got a message from her offering to look after the dog and collect the mail,” Mrs Murrowood said.
“And then an hour after that I got a message saying someone is anonymously paying the week’s rent.”
The Murrowoods have since grilled their family and friends in an attempt discover who made the donation, with no success, while the real estate agent told them the donor wanted to remain anonymous.
This week they took a box of chocolates into the real estate agent and were told the mystery benefactor had pitched in with another two weeks of rent, a donation worth $810.
The family could not believe it.
“It’s not like we’re struggling financially but for us to go to Melbourne is a big cost, and my husband’s having to take time off work,” Mrs Murrowood said.
“For someone you don’t know to do something like this is so thoughtful … we were just so extremely grateful and just beyond touched by their generosity.”
The Murrowoods moved from Perth to Wodonga nine-months ago with Corbin and their eldest son Rhylie, 12, to be closer to family and a hospital that performs liver transplants on children.
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