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Essie's story

When Elke’s labour began at just 22 weeks, she feared her baby wouldn’t survive; a nightmare she had lived once before. 

After six weeks of bedrest in Mater Mother’s Hospital, Elke developed an infection and was rushed for an emergency caesarean where, weighing barely a kilo, little Essie was born.

But before Elke could touch her daughter, baby Essie was whisked straight into neonatal critical care and put on urgent respiratory support.

Can you imagine not being able to hold your newborn baby?

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