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Mater Little Miracles Charity

We are so proud to be teaming up with Mater Little Miracles and having the opportunity to give back to a charity so close to our hearts. Mater Little Miracles does amazing work. 

Sometimes the biggest miracles come in the smallest packages…Every baby born and cared for at Mater is affectionately known as a ‘Mater little miracle.' While most pregnancies are without complications, some babies are born premature, are seriously ill, or are simply too small to go straight home with their parents. Made possible thanks to your support, Mater Little Miracles is committed to giving all babies the best possible start to life, by helping Mater's medical and research teams to work day and night to help save the lives of Mater's tiniest and most vulnerable patients.’ - Mater Little Miracles. We will be donating $1 to every purchase of our new stock and you are also given an option to donate $1 as well.

 

Mater Little Miracles is so incredibly close to us as Sonny (co-founder Jenny’s Son) is our very own Little Mater Miracle and this is the story of his birth:

 

Sonny Kiharoa Ainsley was born on the 16/11/2017 0753am weighing in at 3.2kgs. Now he didn’t enter this world in any old fashioned way, and had quite the adventurous start.  

On Thursday the 16th November I had an antepartum haemorrhage (bleed) at home, I knew how serious this was due to being a paramedic and also scans identifying I possibly had a condition called vasa previa which could cause this complication. This condition meant the bleeding was from Sonny and not entirely mine, therefore, I knew we had to get to hospital quickly as small amounts of blood loss would be significant for him and I also hadn’t felt him move.

I called an ambulance (my only birth plan was to not have an ambulance! Shows you shouldn’t have any birth plan!). I pre-notified the hospital and after a quick trip in was meet by a team of medical staff.

They had difficulty finding Sonny's heart beat and required an ultrasound to pick up a very slow heart rate. During this time Parata (my husband) was getting into scrubs in the bathroom to potentially come into the theatre, however, once the slow heartbeat was recognised they did not muck around! I was wheeled out of the room at high speed as Parata came out of the bathroom, as you can imagine Parata had an awful wait while we were in theatre. 

I was sedated very quickly and Sonny was born in two minutes. Sonny required resuscitation and due to his initial presentation, he was classed as having a moderate case of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (head injury from lack of oxygen) and therefore went directly to being cooled (induced hypothermia) for 72 hours in the neonate intensive care unit to stop any further brain injury and allow the brain time to heal.

After an awful wait, Parata found out we had a boy! And was then able to see our little Sonny before he went to intensive care. After I woke up I was taken to see him, as you can imagine, they were struggling to stop me getting up! We had a long 72 hour wait while he was cooled and it was awful not being able to pick him up however, we both felt very positive about him. 

The next 24 hours they rewarmed Sonny which was a high-risk period for seizures and on the morning of Monday the 20th, we got an awful call to our room saying he had a couple of seizures in the night. A pretty big low that day as we were thinking what this meant long term and also meant he was sedated and monitored for another 24hrs, so no cuddles!

Tuesday was MRI day he looked really well loved being warm and had no further seizures and I also snuck my first cuddle after a long six day wait before Sonny got in his warm incubator and made a journey through the corridors to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital next door for the MRI. The MRI was going to be the most conclusive evidence if he had any brain damage or not. We were told it may very well show something minor that may not mean anything therefore were not getting our hopes up too much. We were told on Wednesday we would get the results. 

The neonate consultant who looked after Sonny who we could not possibly speak higher of ran the resuscitation of Sonny and all the on-going care intensive care, he explained everything so well and although gave positive information also prepared us for the worst. On Tuesday afternoon we were visiting Sonny and the Dr came to find us to let us know that MRI was all clear!: the best possible news! I started bawling (which isn’t the best after having a caesarean section) but it was the biggest relief and the most wonderful news.  

From here we made great progress with lead and tube one by one coming out. Sonny moved to special care to make sure he could get feeding (we had no doubt offspring of ours would like food!). We then had a night with him at hospital with more support from wonderful staff to do the ‘normal’ new parent stuff. The stay was estimated to be longer, however we were packed and ready to go at 7am Friday the 24th and were very keen to get our new little bundle home, and since being home we all couldn’t be happier! 

From such a traumatic event and start to Sonny’s life we have drawn so many positives from it. I am overwhelmed at how many good people do exist. Without Mater Mothers, Mater little Miracles and the staff to go with it Sonny would not be with us today.

Thank you for listening to our story.
Jenny, Parata and Sonny xx"

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