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The Moreton family’s journey began in 2009 when Miriam’s waters broke at just 26 weeks.
As first time parents, Miriam and Robert didn’t expect a premature birth. When their Stirling arrived early, life in regional Queensland meant that the Moreton’s didn’t have immediate access to specialised help.
Miriam’s pregnancy was relatively normal—they surpassed the 12 weeks milestone and afterwards, the 20 weeks scan.
“We had no reason to suspect that it would be a difficult pregnancy, said Miriam.
If Stirling had arrived when Miriam’s waters broke, at 14 weeks, then he would’ve had to fight hard to survive. So, to be safe, Miriam was airlifted 500 kilometres to Mater Mothers’ Hospital Brisbane, to receive special care. The help they received at Mater helped Stirling grow in-utero from just 500 grams to 2.2 kilograms in the eight weeks before he was born.
“The obstetricians spent a lot of time looking at new techniques or different ways to stave off labour,” said Miriam.
“[Miriam] went into labour a few times and they did a lot of work to keep him in there,” said Robert, Stirling’s father.
After birth, Stirling was rushed to Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU), where he stayed for 12 hours before being moved into special care nursery. He was released from Mater at 35 weeks—at this time, this made Stirling the youngest child to be discharged from Mater.
During his time at Mater, Stirling was cared for using special equipment—such as the humidicrib—that can be provided thanks to donor support.
Today, Stirling is a happy and healthy boy, all thanks to Mater supporters like you. To his mum and dad, Stirling is a living miracle.
For Mater Little Miracles like Stirling, your support can make all the difference.
“You can’t put a price on your child’s life… no amount of money would ever really thank Mater for what they did for our family.”
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