'Miracle' bub now a healthy toddler due to special care
TOOWOOMBA'S Amanda McGorm experienced problems in her pregnancy from 20 weeks gestation when she had elevated blood pressure and was admitted to Toowoomba Hospital.
The first time mum was put to bed rest for seven weeks before she experienced preeclampsia at 27 weeks and was transported to Mater Mothers' Hospital via ambulance.
On May 9, 2012, Jonah McGorm was welcomed into the world as a very small and seriously ill baby.
Jonah experienced difficulty breathing and needed ventilation to keep him stable.
Five days into his life, Jonah was diagnosed with viral meningitis, sepsis and necrotising enterocolitis.
The little Toowoomba boy spent three months in hospital heavily sedated and ventilated before he was well enough to go home.
Amanda said she was scared to take him home because of the level of care he required.
"Being a first time mum is hard enough as it is without all the extra complications," she said.
"Jonah had problems feeding and would require extra oxygen during his bottles as he would regularly choke on his milk."
At four months old, Jonah was diagnosed with pneumonia and had a cardiac arrest before he was rushed to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Mater Children's Hospital.
Since this episode, Jonah has grown into a healthy toddler who started swimming lessons and loves playing with his puppies.
Funding from Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal goes towards medical equipment, patient care and research to help seriously ill babies and children like Jonah.
Last year, Mater Children's Hospitals and Mater Mothers' Hospitals in Brisbane cared for 19 512 mothers, children and babies from Ipswich and Toowoomba.
These children had severe or complicated medical conditions, which required specialised life-saving care that only health care facilities like Mater can provide.
In addition, Mater Mothers' Hospitals provide life-saving care to 2000 seriously ill and premature babies in the Neonatal Critical Care Unit. Mater's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit cares for about 1500 children per year.
You can help babies and children through the Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal by purchasing Miracle Max merchandise from participating IGA, Bendigo Bank or Guardian Pharmacy stores.
You can make little miracles happen for sick babies and children this Easter.
For more information or to donate phone 1800 440 155 (toll free) or visit www.materfoundation.org.au.