Profile Magazine December 2017 / January 2018

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It’s been a bumpy road at times for Sunshine Coast Young Business Woman of the Year, Angie Mansey, but this kind-hearted, car-loving superwoman has a knack for turning a difficult situation into a positive change for herself, her family and the local car community.


ngie Mansey has taken on more roles in her young life than most of us will ever achieve in a lifetime. With an intrinsic desire to care for people, she got into nursing and specialised in dentistry bone grafting and implants. All the while with her diesel mechanic partner Luke and son Rhylie by her side. It wasn’t until her second son, Corbin, came along in 2011 that Angie had to start looking at life differently. Corbin was taken away for surgery the minute he was born. They discovered that he was the only known person to suffer from a combination of two life threatening conditions, VACTERL association disorder and biliary atresia. “He’s had 23 surguries to date, he’s been resuscitated from flat lining six times,

in the first year of life he was only home for 10 days, the rest of it was in intensive care. We’ve had a few blood transfusions, lumbar punctures, we’ve said our goodbyes three times, we’ve been airlifted in helicopters and planes, and had way too many ambulance trips,” she says. “For his first birthday he was actually in surgery but we were transferred down to Melbourne where he was put on the liver transplant list. He’s off the transplant list now, but there is no prognosis.” Corbin also suffers from a range of other illnesses that have been brought on by the multiple operations and long periods of life support. He’s fed through a tube in his stomach, has the rarest blood type and has a weak immune system due to overexposure to hospitals and antibiotics. But Angie stresses that this isn’t a sob story – she is a positive, strong and determined woman who has not let Corbin’s prognosis limit the way she and her family live. “On the plus side he is generally a happy little boy who doesn’t live in pain and has no disabilities as such to speak of. Even as a mother of a child who is medically

compromised, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with him, but of course, it’s pretty petrifying what is,” she says. Angie and Luke have since welcomed two more beautiful, blonde baby boys into their family, three-year-old Dash and twoyear-old Ace. Today Angie is not only a mother of four, but a carer, business woman, wife, philanthropist and active member of the community. While she has always been a hard-working person, she never thought she’d end up in the situation she’s in now. Two years ago, when Ace was just six weeks old, Corbin’s liver failed, and Angie and Luke had to make some drastic decisions. “Because I worked the whole time to pay for the medical bills and expenses, we needed to make a change. So we quit our jobs, invested in Kuluin Mufflers and opened the doors,” she says. The business didn’t come about under the greatest of circumstances, but in true Angie style, she made the best of the situation. Not only has Kuluin Mufflers seen tremendous success in just 18 months,