For nine long weeks, Nicola was in and out of hospital and required constant monitoring—including four-hourly temperature checks.
Despite strict bedrest, nine weeks later she suffered a placental abruption and was rushed to Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane where her newborn son, Parker, was born by emergency caesarean.
“The statistics for him surviving were down to single digits. I knew that the longer Parker and I held on to each other, the better his chances would be,” Nicola said.
Rushed to Mater’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Parker needed help to breathe.
The following day, a bowel obstruction prompted doctors to make the difficult decision to operate, providing Parker with a colostomy bag so his tiny body could concentrate on growing.
But his precious little body couldn’t cope with the demands of surgery and he needed to be resuscitated.
“I was holding Parker’s tiny hand and he was just slipping away.”
“It was the most traumatic experience of my life watching the doctors and nurses bring him back and keep him breathing.”
Eventually after three long months, as baby Parker grew stronger, surgeons removed his colostomy bag and he was allowed to go home with his family.
“We’re so thankful for the doctors and nurses at Mater. Everyone was incredibly supportive, brilliant, right from 21 weeks through to discharge.”
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