LeeArn Rapana – Founder & Director of Velan Health

staff of velan health-Leearn Rapana
staff of velan health-Leearn Rapana

I was inspired to start this business journey in honour of my son.

Velan was born a healthy baby boy. At 11 months old he caught a virus, causing him to have a massive seizure and go into cardiac arrest. He was left with an acquired brain injury, blindness and cerebral palsy. We didn’t know the extent of his condition until the following months when it became evident developmentally.

After Velan passed away, I worked as a carer and support person in an organisation for children just like him. I realised my calling was to become a nurse. I knew it would be a challenge being a mature age student, but I was willing to do whatever it took so that I could help make a difference to children and families just like mine, especially at the end-of-life phase.

Nursing, especially palliative care and terminal care has become my passion, and I think of this process as a privilege and honour to be a part of.

LeeArn Rapana,
Founder & Velan’s Mum


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