Little Miss Organised participated in the Mater Little Miracles 5km walk at Southbank, Brisbane on a sunny winter’s day. As a proud sponsor of the event, Mater Little Miracles is a local charity close to our hearts for a very special reason.
Rewind to 30 January 2016 and meet Ruby.
Ruby was born 6 weeks early, despite hospital efforts to prolong her stay in the womb. No cause for the premature labour could be determined and she was born a tiny bundle of joy. Ruby was immediately moved into Paediatric care and I did not see or touch her until she was 3 hours old. Despite her early entry, the outlook for Ruby was positive and she was breathing on her own after just 36 hours of life.
However at 2 days old, Ruby began spotting blood in her nappy. Blood tests, X-rays, and stopping breastmilk could not detect the problem. We were told it was Suspected (Stage 1) Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC) – an inflammatory condition of the gut.
On Day 5, Ruby took a turn for the worst and her little body went into shock. As she lay pale and lifeless on the bed, the doctors struggled to find an answer. Ruby was handed over to a Neonatologist – a newborn specialist. I asked him if Ruby would be okay, and looking me straight in the eye, said he couldn’t guarantee it. That was the moment our world fell apart.
She had further tests – this time a contrast X-ray and Ultrasound at Lady Cilento Hospital. During this time, Ruby had to be prodded to keep her alive as her vitals dropped. It was a harrowing day. The scans came back showing her bowel was fine and she didn’t need surgery, however there were still no clear answers. Ruby was put on TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) to heal her stomach and bowel. She was placed under a heater lamp so her tiny body would have a chance to recover.
Three days later we finally had some answers.
Ruby had a blood infection. E. Coli.
Our sweet baby girl needed a lumbar puncture to rule out Meningitis (which could have been fatal) and was put on a course of antibiotics for 14 days. After a week of complete gut rest, she was reintroduced to milk, just 3ml at a time. Each successful intake was a major celebration. Ruby gradually put on more weight and was able to go home after 3½weeks in hospital.
Thankfully, Ruby has had no ongoing medical issues. She is a social butterfly and loves dancing and singing. She is our own Mater Little Miracle thanks to the wonderful team at Mater Mother’s Hospital, Brisbane.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all you do.
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