Rachael, who’d been told she might never be able to become a mother, couldn’t wait to hold her baby in her arms. But when little Ruby was born, she wasn’t breathing. She was tiny and premature, and she was rushed into an incubator.
Rachael and her husband Ben could barely see Ruby through the wires and monitors, let alone touch her.
For the next 100 days, she was in Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit where the doctors, nurses and specialists battled to save her.
She survived one crisis after another, until she began to stabilise.
Rachael and Ben saw at close quarters how dedicated Mater's medical team are. And for this team, Christmas will be a regular day when they are hard at work, caring for their little patients.
Thanks to the care she received, little Ruby grew stronger, until she was ready to go home.
A short time later, she came back to Mater to visit her baby sister, who was also born prematurely.
This year, Rachael and Ben will be celebrating Christmas with their two Mater little miracles. But other desperately worried parents will be at Mater, praying and hoping their child will pull through.
Premature and seriously ill babies like Ruby and Zoe may need life-saving equipment such as ventilators and heart monitors during their stay in critical care.
This Christmas, Mater's doctors and nurses will be working throughout the holidays. They will be there ready for any crisis, and they need your help.