Title of Work: Bounce to Breathe
Name of Subject: Olivia Wiggins
Submitted By: Tom Betts, Cystic Fibrosis Queensland
Photographer: Alberto Rego from Monte Rego Photography
Photo Essay: When six year-old Olivia climbs onto her trampoline, she’s not just jumping for fun. Olivia has cystic fibrosis and she bounces to breathe. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is characterised by thick, sticky mucus that damages the lungs. Fewer than half of children born with the condition, like Olivia Wiggins, will survive until their late 30s. There is no cure. Bouncing provides a vigorous respiratory workout, helping loosen the constant build-up of mucus, meaning fewer visits to hospital, and slower progression of the condition. The trampoline was donated by CF Queensland. Photographer, Alberto Rego donated his time.