Julie Baker from South Lismore is pictured with one of her twin sons Jeramiah. The boys were injured in an accident in March and the joy of watching her boys slowly mend has been tinged by financial burden.
Julie Baker from South Lismore is pictured with one of her twin sons Jeramiah. The boys were injured in an accident in March and the joy of watching her boys slowly mend has been tinged by financial burden. Cathy Adams

Struggling mum flooded with offers of help

PHONE calls of generosity have been flooding into The Northern Star newsroom, offering support to Lismore mother Julie Baker and her 18-year-old twin sons, Zachary and Jeramiah.

Julie's plight was highlighted on our front page on Monday. Since then members of the community have been donating money and resources to help her.

Julie's sons were involved in a car crash at South Lismore on March 3 which left the boys fighting for their lives in separate hospitals in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. They are now both in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

After the accident Julie quit her job to be at the hospital for her boys, but with no car and very little savings, she is struggling.

She has been able to borrow a car from a friend, which helps her get to Brisbane, but she can't afford accommodation. Julie sometimes sleeps on the back seat when she stays in the city.

However, the Northern Rivers community has stepped in to help. Most of the donors wished to remain anonymous, with varying amounts of money being given to support Julie and her family.

A caller from Brisbane heard Julie's story from his sister, who lives on the North Coast. He was generous enough to offer a spare room in his home to Julie so she wouldn't have to travel back and forth from Lismore to see her sons.

"That's so lovely," Julie said after hearing the news. "Thanks to everyone who has offered support."

Julie said she especially wanted to thank hospital staff for saving her sons.

"They're both coming on well," she said. "Zach has started to get up and do some assisted walking on a machine, as he only has partial weight on one leg. They're both doing occupational therapy to help with their memory, speech therapy and physiotherapy."


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