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THE Bendigo community is rallying behind baby Evie Stove.

We've sort of been in limbo land and now we're getting closer and closer. - Emily Stove

Evie is just nine-months-old and has already survived nine cardiac arrests.

Evie and her mum Emily returned to Bendigo in time for Christmas after spending six months in Melbourne at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Emily said Evie is now growing and "in a good paddock" but her full heart repair is looming.

"They're planning for that 12 months," she said.

"They're trying to arrange a bit of a plan with the surgeon to see what the surgeon wants to do with her so we're going back next Wednesday to see what he has decided for Evie.

"We've sort of been in limbo land and now we're getting closer and closer."

It's been tough for the Stove family and they're not the type to ask for help.

But their friends want to show their support and have organised a fundraising event for Evie.

A trivia and auction night will be at the Strathfieldsaye Sports Club on Saturday from 7.30pm.

Tickets are $20 with more information available at

Sarah King, one of the event organisers, is encouraging the Bendigo community to show its support.

"You don't want to see anyone struggle," she said.

"It was such a long period of time Evie was unable to be home for so we just want to try and make it a little bit easier for the family.

"With Emily not working for six months while Evie was in hospital, we want to help them try and catch up again.

"So we're having trivia and a silent auction and there will also be a band.

"Drinks will be at bar prices and finger food will be provided.

"We're at the halfway point with ticket sales so we've got more to sell."

Evie's mum Emily said her daughter was still relying on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. 

"We're sort of in Melbourne every three weeks now just for cardiology appointments," she said.

"They keep a close eye on her now because she's growing so we're back and forth a fair bit now.

"We have appointments with respiratory specialists and hopefully she'll be able to come off the ventilator a little bit more.

"She can eat food but she can't swallow liquids so we're trying to work on her being able to swallow."

Emily thanked the Bendigo community for its ongoing support.

"After all the stories in the Bendigo Advertiser about Evie I actually have people come up to me in the street asking how Evie is and things like that," she said.

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