Little Oliver Angwin was born at just 24 weeks gestation, weighing a tiny 786 grams.
At her 20 week scan, mum Kylie was admitted to Jessie McPherson Private Hospital to have an emergency cervical cerclage placed and was then put on home bedrest. However just four weeks later, Kylie went into spontaneous labour and she returned with her husband, Chris to give birth.
After an exhausting 78 hours in the delivery suite, Kylie and Chris’ worlds were turned upside down when they received the news that no parent ever wants to hear; Oliver had passed away.
“There are no words to describe that feeling. We cried as the midwives and our obstetrician hugged and consoled us,” Kylie recalled.
For the next hour, Kylie and Chris were left to come to terms with the fact that they had lost their precious son. Yet miraculously at 6.56am that day, courageous little Oliver delivered a heartbeat.
“A Neonatal Code Blue was called and the team of doctors and nurses commenced resuscitation on Oliver. He was then incubated and breathing with the help of a machine,” said Kylie.
Oliver was then transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Monash Children’s Hospital where he spent weeks growing into a strong, healthy little boy.
“There were many scares, plenty of tears and countless blood transfusions, blood tests, ultrasounds and MRIs. But after 128 days in Monash Children’s Hospital’s care, we were able to take Oliver home,” said Kylie.
Oliver was on home oxygen until he was 11 months old. In April this year, Kylie and Chris were overjoyed to celebrate his first birthday. Instead of gifts, they asked their friends and family to donate to the Monash Health Foundation.
In an amazing effort, Kylie and Chris reached their fundraising goal of $3,500, funds which will be used to purchase a ‘Newborn Anne’ training mannequin to assist our Monash Newborn team in their development.
“Having a micro-premmie and experiencing the NICU is more than character building – it makes you somehow find strength you never knew you had, and you make friends for life through the families and nurses you meet along the way,” Kylie explained.
“The doctors and nurses of Monash Newborn are truly amazing, dedicated, passionate human beings that strive for nothing but excellence and care for the babies and their families.”
If you would like to find out more about supporting Monash Children’s Hospital, head to our Support us page.
Courageous little Oliver celebrated his first birthday in April this year.