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The Kranenbergs' journey began from the time of second-time mum, Louise's 20-week scan, when they were told to expect a bumpy ride as she had a low lying placenta complication.
Despite doctors having a plan to manage Louise's pregnancy and deliver Oliver around 36 weeks, Oliver David Charles Kranenburg had other plans. He was born by emergency caesarean section, weighing just 810 grams.
"He was the smallest baby I had ever seen. He had see-through skin; I could see his bones and blood vessels. I was in shock and couldn't think of anything other than the fear of not knowing what to expect next, and not knowing if he'd be okay. Nothing can prepare you as a parent to see your child born at 25 weeks' gestation." Oliver's dad, Nick said.
Oliver was transferred to the Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) for monitoring and care.
10 days after Oliver's birth, he was diagnosed with meningitis and and a perforated bowel. The Kranenbergs were told to prepare for the worst.
How do you prepare to say goodbye to someone you just met, when you had so many hopes and dreams for them? I was numb, thinking I hope he would survive against all odds.
Throughout his stay in the NCCU, Oliver underwent many different medical procedures. He needed assistance breathing; to be resuscitated twice; a lumbar puncture; treatment for numerous infections; and five blood transfusions.
Throughout this time (105 days in hospital), Oliver's parents Louise and Nick hung onto hope.
"I can wholeheartedly say the doctors and nurses became like family. They celebrate wins with you, no matter how small they are; they get you through the hard times. Oliver's progress was only possible because of them.
Today, Oliver is thriving. He continues to have check-ups at Mater Mothers' Hospital High Risk Clinic and attends Growth and Development Clinics to monitor his progress.
Oliver and many other babies like him have been able to survive and thrive thanks to the hope and live of supporters like you.
Babies like Oliver benefit from past, present and future research that is only made possible because of the special people who support Mater through generous gifts through appeals like our "Their hands of hope. Your gift of love." appeal. Please consider giving a gift today, so that researchers can continue to do what they do best and give hope to more babies and their families.
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