Zac's story

Zac's story

Did you know that more than 10 000 babies are born at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals each year? These babies are all affectionately known as ‘Mater little miracles’.Zac-2.JPG

The birth of a newborn is one of the happiest and most beautiful moments in life, and while most pregnancies are without complications, sadly some babies are born premature, seriously ill, or simply too small to go straight home with their parents. These families turn to Mater—an Australian leader in neonatal critical care.

With your generous support, Mater can invest in life-saving researchcare and equipment to make sure that all babies can grow up to be happy and healthy children.

Babies like Zac.

Very eager to meet his mum on one special Mother’s Day, baby Zac was born at 31 weeks’ gestation, weighing 1753 grams. thumbnail-IMG-7560.jpgHis mum, Jennifer, was unable to touch her precious son for the first two days of his life and could not take him home for thirty days. Can you imagine not being able to hold your newborn son?

Because he was so small, Zac needed to stay in a humidicrib in Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit, where he had to be on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (C-Pap) machine for the first 11 hours of his life and had to be fed via a nasogastric tube for thirty days.

Despite the challenges he overcame as a newborn, Zac is surviving and thriving. He is a happy and active young man, who recently celebrated his 15th birthday. Along with this milestone, Zac recently qualified for Swimming Queensland’s McDonalds Development Squad—a huge achievement mum Jennifer believes shows his incredible fight for life.

“I look at my son now and feel so grateful for all the support given to him by Mater Little Miracles. My son is now strong and healthy, thanks to the amazing support he received from Mater at the start of his life,” said Jennifer.

Thanks to your support, my son received the special care he needed to give him the best possible chance to live a strong and healthy life.

Zac's Mum, Jennifer

Thanks to you, Mater can offer the very best care for expectant mums and newborn babies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This year alone:

  • 30 babies will receive life-saving surgery at Mater before they are born.thumbnail-B05AB873-1AC6-4708-8302-74A3217EA91C.jpg
  • 79 babies may require overnight care in Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU), on any one night.
  • 2000+ premature and seriously ill babies will receive critical and high dependency care.
  • With support from people like you, seriously ill and premature babies will survive and thrive.

Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) can provide life-saving care thanks to generous supporters like you. Your contribution means that this important service, and the babies it helps, can survive and thrive—and for that, we can’t thank you enough.

Your support makes a real difference to the lives of seriously ill and premature babies, and their families.

Thank you for the difference you are making.