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During September, Costco North Lakes and Ipswich stores rallied together to fundraise in support of Mater Little Miracles. Costco staff have been behind this initiative since 2015 and every year they bring Miracle Max to life in store and sell tokens to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Mater’s tiniest patients.
Money raised by Costco will go towards the purchasing of equipment, like a new Maternal Fetal Medicine Laser, to help more families.
Approximately 70% of identical twins share a single placenta, and roughly 10% of these are affected by Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. The syndrome is caused when blood vessels that connect the two umbilical cords on the surface of the placenta allow blood from one twin to flow into the other.
Leaving severe Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome untreated is dangerous for both babies and can result in the loss of both babies up to 80% of the time.
Mater pioneered a new fetal laser treatment for Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome in 2002. This treatment improves outcomes for affected families—increasing the survival rate to 75% and reducing the risk of developmental delay or disability to 10%.
We are very proud to partner with such an enthusiastic team at Costco and are grateful for their ongoing support.
Well done, team Costco! Thank you for your commitment to helping seriously ill and premature babies at Mater.