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The first sod has been turned on the site of the next House for Life at Helensvale which will see the 9th Plantation Home built by volunteers and auctioned with proceeds going to Mater Little Miracles.
Construction will soon begin on the 2022 House for Life, a double-story 45-square, Majestic custom-designed home, situated in the planned community: The Surrounds.
More than $5 million has been raised through House for Life to date and with the land donated by Villawood Properties, it will be a major milestone for what’s expected to be another successful campaign, with the 2019 House for Life charity home selling for a record $968,000.
Over the years, funds raised have helped many families whose babies have required specialised care in Mater Mothers’ Hospitals’ Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU), such as Amber Ward and Brisbane Lion’s star Jed Adcock whose son Hugo, was born 13 weeks premature.
At 26 weeks and aside from severe morning sickness, Amber’s pregnancy was going well; until Baby Hugo planned to enter the world earlier than expected and Amber went into labour.
"I had an emergency c-section under general anaesthetic and my partner Jed couldn't be in the room. Hugo was so little; he was whisked away to Mater Mothers’ Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) straight away. Even though I was upset that I had missed the opportunity to have skin-to-skin contact and breastfeed Hugo, I knew he was in the best hands and was receiving the care he needed.
At just 13 weeks premature and weighing just 940 grams–Hugo spent 89 days in NCCU at Mater. Amber explains Hugo had some complications and their first few weeks in NCCU were extremely daunting.
"Hugo needed to be intubated and had difficulty breathing. He received three blood transfusions and experienced a small grade two bleed on his brain," Amber said.
“The care and support that Hugo and our family received at Mater was wonderful with staff working so closely to get the best outcome for Hugo,” Amber said.
Now, at 18 months of age, Hugo is doing very well, and he is reaching his developmental milestones.
The house boasts four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with a butler’s pantry with a grand island bench and under roof alfresco area with a pool.
To find out more about House for Life 2022 visit www.houseforlife.com.au.