Saving Samuel

By Carly Abrahams

On the 16th June 2020 after what was a pretty easy, healthy pregnancy our son Samuel James was born at 5:16pm weighing 3kg. He cried and appeared fine for the first few minutes and then everything went downhill very quickly. Within his first 24 hours Samuel would undergo lifesaving surgery that lasted eight hours and then head to the highest level of care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Royal Hospital for Women.

I had always associated the NICU with premature babies, not realising this incredible place that I knew nothing about, would become our second home for a while, saving our son’s life.

Samuel was born a TOF baby, short for Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula, basically his Trachea (windpipe) and Oesophagus (food pipe) were connected in the wrong places, affecting his ability to breath and eat. It wasn’t detected in any of the scans during pregnancy and there is no known cause, it’s just random bad luck.

By the time I got to see him after he was born, he was covered in wires and tubes in an incubator, including a breathing tube and feeding tube. Those machines and that incubator were keeping my baby alive.

My heart was in pieces, I couldn’t hold him or feed him and just to touch him I had to put my arm through a hole and find somewhere on his body not covered in wires that I could stroke. This wasn’t how those first few days were supposed to go, teams of doctors came in and out, it was a whole new existence I didn’t want to be in. I wanted to scream, I wanted to take him and run but that’s where he needed to be and I didn’t want to leave his side. It would be over a week before I saw my baby open his eyes and nearly ten days before I got to finally hold him.

After the initial shock of the first few days, I became in awe of the NICU and the doctors and nurses that worked there. The 24 hour, seven days a week care blew me away, and it wasn’t just doctors and nurses, it was social workers, lactation consultants, admin and support staff, everyone working at their capacity not just to help my baby survive and thrive but also help the parents feel included, supported and at ease….as much as you can be in such a situation.

Thanks to those unbelievable Doctors and Nurses and the lifesaving equipment, Samuel went from being one of the sickest babies in the NICU to going home in just under three weeks. It was the hardest, longest days of our life but we will be forever grateful.

When we left the NICU with our little miracle, we did not have to pay some hefty bill, we walked out and got to take our baby home. In some countries, parents cannot take their NICU babies home until they pay their bill which can often be tens of thousands of dollars. I realise how incredibly blessed and lucky we are and as the NICU relies on donations and needs another incubator for babies like Samuel and others, please help me raise the funds needed for a new one.

 Even if you are finished having babies, it could be your sister, your cousin or your friend that when least expected, needs this life saving equipment and the amazing team at the NICU, to save their baby’s life.

 

Thank you to my Supporters

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Judy Lowy

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Alton Abrahams

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Pam Krail

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Abraham James

What a beautiful outcome

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Tanya Auston

First of all big congratulations on your beautiful baby boy, so happy for you both. Sorry that this wonderful journey didn’t start out the best & so glad NICU was there for you and everything worked out.

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Leibowitz

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Anonymous

Beyond special What a champion!!!

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Pam Leibowitz

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Rita Gould

Miracle of Miracles, we are all very blessed and so pleased for you all. Rita xx

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Simone Moshal

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Nicole Freeman

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Mel Rubin

Thank you for sharing your story. We spent 6 weeks in NICU. A very special place. Thank you for setting up this page.

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Paul And Amber Rubenstein

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Kirsty Berger

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Elizabeth

As a mum of 3 young children, I cannot begin to imagine what you went through. I’m happy to help support a fantastic cause. Good luck to you, your son and family. x

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Lisa Hosiosky

You are so brave and your little one is a fighter. Thank you for sharing your story. My baby spent 4 weeks in the special care unit at POW. The hospital and care was amazing!

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Jennifer Hillman

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Lori Moses

Thank you for sharing your story. Such an amazing place. All 3 of my kids were there and I know that terrible feeling of coming home without your baby. Those doctors and nurses are seriously unbelievable. Wishing only good health and happy for all of you xxx

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Marissa Serda

carl’s, samuel is so lucky to have you as his mum....you’re amazing. wishing you nothing but strength and health. lots of love marissa xx

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Anonymous

Dearest Carly - thank you for sharing your story. I am so so happy for you guys that your little man is ok now. Please let me know where i can send you a little gift. Love Hana Krawchuk xxx

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Ruby Rozental

Carly... I can’t imagine. I’m so glad you and Samuel and your family had access to this amazing hospital. Good on you for paying it forward. Lots of love.. Ruby

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Jet Tierney

Wishing you and your Bubba a smooth recovery now and praying no more illness! I have a one week old bub and it breaks my heart thinking about what you had to go through. God bless xx

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Emma

Carly, I loved reading your story and am happy to support NICU in any way I can. I was at the same hospital, with my MCMA twins, Sebastien and Samuel, and unfortunately they didn’t make it. I love this hospital and will do anything to help babies make it through. X

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Clare Ferster

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Stacie Levine

It’s so thoughtful to give back. This may be the start of samuels story but future is bright 💙

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Larry Perlstein

Your family is fortunate to have these health resources, and Samuel is looking great!!

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Steven Smith

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Lisa Winters

Lots of love to you all Carls xx

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Anonymous

You are an incredible woman and only hope you and your family go from strength to strength xxx

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Bertha Chorn

About to PG give birth to my 3rd blessing. Sending love and praying for good health for Samuel

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Ronni Meyerson

Sending strength and love! Go Samuel, you seem like a fighter!

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Rachel Cohen

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Anonymous

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Vicki Ryvchin

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Christina Jonson

I know how important these machines are -all to well. Wishing you all the best.

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Lisa Wipfli

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Annette Hirschson

I’ve never met you but want to hug you and wish you and your family health and happiness Hope your little one recovers well and only good times ahead

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Polina Rodov

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Anonymous

Wishing you much strength during this challenging time . Like his name , May G-d hear all your prayers To give him the strength to get through this .

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Rikki Ginsberg

Sam is so lucky to have such a special mum, dad and brother! What a fighter and may he only go from strength to strength xx

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Danika Gee

I’m so sorry your darling boy had to go through this. I hope Samuel goes from strength to strength.

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Joanne Capal

Thank you for sharing your story and helping other families in this way.

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Natasha

All my love and best wishes for a full and healthy recovery

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Dunkel

Wishing only good things from this moment onwards

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Anonymous

Your story brought me to tears, I can’t fathom what your whole world must have come to. May this little donation help towards a big goal x

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Dana Anger

What a gorgeous and strong boy Samuel is! He is also lucky to have a mama like you. Xxx

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Kim Leigh

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Sophy

You are both fighters. Sending all of my love to Samuel and your beautiful family xx

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Dani Roussos

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Anonymous

You have started such a wonderful programme. All my love to your little warrior.

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Renata Biller

Wishing your beautiful boy a speedy recovery.

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Hana Walker

Get well soon!

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Beata Lipman

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Sussman

Wishing you all the best xx

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Stephanie Lenga

Sending love to you all. Such a strong family. Here for you all and happy to support such a worthwhile cause.

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Anonymous

Thank you for sharing and wishing Samual the very best 💙

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Michelle Price

Sending love and strength your way

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Susan Corbett

Hi Carly I wish you and your gorgeous little boy the best of luck. Susan xx

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Yaniv Klein

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Jess Kurosaki

Your story broke my heart, but it sounds like Samuel is as strong as his mama. I wish your family a speedy and full recovery ❤️

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Rikki Markson

I can’t believe what you have been through. I am so sorry for all the pain and anguish you have felt. I’m sending you so so much love.

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Watkins

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Joanna Karageorgis

Speedy recovery sweetheart x

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Anonymous

Happy to support this amazing cause! Enjoy your beautiful son!

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Andrea Ruttenberg

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Sonia S

I read your story - such lovely words. I cannot imagine the pain and stress you were all under. Good luck with the journey with your beautiful family.

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Gabrielle Schwidder

Your story made me cry it was so heartbreaking. Your family and Samuel are so brave. I hope Sam is now doing well. Sending very best wishes your way

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Susannah

Read your story on Facebook. My daughter was in Special Care Nursery at POW for 3 weeks. I know the feeling of leaving the hospital without your baby. She is 8 now and very healthy. Thanks for sharing your story.

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Michelle Catanzaro

I read your letter and I am so sorry you had to go through this. I hope this donation helps many more babies!

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Wishing your beautiful boy a speedy recovery and sending love and strength to your family

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Robyn Sharp

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Anonymous

Wishing you all only health and happiness! You are an inspiration

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Angela Mclaughlin

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Metti

Praying for Samuel and all the babies who are looked after by the amazing NICU team. I’m so grateful to have two happy healthy girls, both born at the RHW - they have an amazing team! Very happy to donate to this cause! Michele x

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Leanna Levitt

Wishing Samuel a full and speedy recovery. May this be the biggest and last speed bump in a life filled with much love, health and success!! Goooooo Sammmyyy!!!!

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Lara

Wishing Samuel a speedy recovery xx

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Robyn Solomon

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Jackie Quilter

Your story touched me. Wishing you and Samuel all the best

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Rachel Jaku

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Anonymous

Wishing you and your Samuel a healthy, happy future x

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Kerrie Sutcliffe

So glad your baby boy is home and that this goes a little way to help another precious baby.

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Fiona Burke

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Nicky Michel

This is from Shannon and Lee Michel who spent their first 5weeks of life in the New born care centre at royal woman’s cared for by those amazing angels . Glad Samuel is doing well 😘

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Monique De Gabriele

Dear Carly Your story is heartbreaking. I am so glad your beautiful boy is out of hospital and with you all at home. I share the same birthday with Sam. All the very best to you and your family xx

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Anonymous

I have a Samuel too, he's six now. Wishing yours so much love and luck X

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Marie Savidis

Wishing you all the very best! xx

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Zoe Scerri

My heart aches reading this Carly- I hope your little man grows stronger every day and that you and your family are all ok xxx

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Anonymous

Sending strength to you and your family

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Toni Wiggill

Wishing you and your family strength, happiness and health

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Larissa

So happy your beautiful baby is doing well and is at home with you. My baby was at Sydney kids for two weeks when she was a newborn. she had a diaphragmatic hernia and had an operation at two days old. She is doing well now. This wasn’t picked up on any scans either and was big shock.

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Anonymous

Your story is heart breaking. May your gorgeous Samuel continue to get stronger every day. I had twins who spent 9 days in POW NICU that unit is incredible

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Jennifer Barrett

Wishing you all the best, we hope Samuel continues to get better and hope we can help get the Royal Hospital for Women what they need.

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Anonymous

Such a brave little fighter

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Cherene Casinader

I’m so glad Samuel is home with you. Thank you for sharing your story. My parents went through something similar with me and as a mum now I can’t imagine how they coped. Stay well. Cherene x

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Xx

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Alana Weir

I hope your little man is doing well now. I can’t imagine how hard that would have been xxx

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Shelly Rafferty

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy, you don’t know me, but your story broke my heart, thank you for sharing it & I hope you both have a much smoother journey from here & he is well and truly on the path in recovery & development. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, health & love.

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Anne Solomon

My heart broke when I read your story but am thrilled to know Samuel is doing well. All the best x

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Anonymous

I was bawling my eyes out reading your story. What a strong little family you have. I wish I could donate more, but I will be circulating your story to family and friends and hopefully we can get closer to reaching your goal. Xx

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Belinda Williams

What incredible strength you have shown Carly. Thanks for spreading this incredibly difficult story for such an important cause. Wishing Samuel and your family well.

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Armene Zmuda

Thank you for sharing your story, I hope gorgeous Samuel continues to thrive. Xx

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Penny Marr

What a strong little soul fighting for his life and an equally strong mumma by his side. I'm so glad you're all home x

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Brooke Mather

How incredibly stressful for you all ... so glad your little guy is doing better! T

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Eileen Glynn

Carly, my heart and love goes out to you and your family! You have the strength of an Ox getting thru this and please remember this will make you stronger! It will never get easier but you will get stronger and you will get you precious bundle home for good one day xx Stay strong x

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Tracy Cheah

I'm sorry it's not much of a donation but your letter to Samuel really touched my heart and cuddle just a little bit tighter as I sit here with my own baby boy asleep in my arms. Sending you and your family much strength and support and wish for long life and good health for baby Samuel xx

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Cc

Your bravery to share your story and to raise money to help others is just inspirational. Samuel chose a very strong mummy

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Kate Allison

Keep going ❤️

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Karen

May each day be brighter, filled with health and beautiful moments together

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Theresia Pauls

My baby was in the NICU there as well.

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Saloni Kober

My first born needed to be incubated for a week when she was born prematurely and it was so hard for me too to the hospital without my baby. Good luck to you and your family

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Nicole Ungar

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Nicola Tkachenko

Hope you are doing well. He looks beautiful .

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Anonymous

All the best for Your family! God blessed !

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Lucie Jansen

Wishing little Samuel a healthy and happy future. And well done you for raising money for such a wonderful cause x

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Anonymous

Sending love mama x

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Anonymous

What a challenging journey you have had! Sending Samuel and the whole family lots of strength. All the best with the fundraiser - What a meaningful way to transform your suffering into a way to help others.

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Karen Lahav-yacouel

You are a strong woman. Wishing you, Samuel and your family a lot of health.

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Your Samuel is gorgeous and I’m so pleased he is alright

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Sheri Borman

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Maria Cervenkova

I hope you’ll raise it for other babies 🤞🏽☺️

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Ellie

My 1st daughter spend a few days in NICU at RPA and we felt so lucky to have such amazing support. Good luck in your mission and big hugs to your brave little boy x

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Maria Renardson

Wishing you and your family all the best!x

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Sue Seymour

A heartbreaking piece of writing, big crocodile tears, RHW amazing, prayers for or all of you

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Dawson

This is a heartbreaking read and has caused me to shed so many tears. I am so overjoyed that you were able to take your beautiful baby home. He is devine. All the best, health and happiness.

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Jolene Chang

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Fenella

Sending you and Samuel love, strength and courage. Xx

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Anonymous

Glory to God on answering your prayers!

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Dana Steinberg

Special babies are given to special parents! 💕

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Amy F

God bless your beautiful baby!

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Tanya Doherty

Hi is so gorgeous, I hop ehe continues to thrive. All the best to you and your family x

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Lauren Boyt

Read your story at Mamamia. Stay strong little man, mum and dad

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Virginie Lecomte Maloney

NICU was our second home for three months with my daughter. I know how all NICU unit desperately needs more funds! I wish all the best to you and your little warrior

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Lease

You are brave and strong for sharing this story and Samuel is a fighter.

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Sending prayers your beautiful boy grows with good health by each day

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Sending love and hugs to you and your family

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