Making Our House Home

Making Our House Home
Lennox Head woman Chelsea Coleman (a diabetic), was attending an appointment at Lismore Base Hospital (LBH) for a test to see how her baby was going however, within 1 ½ hours of the test she was in the operating room having a caesarean.

Baby Will Coleman Hay was delivered prematurely at 34 weeks and weighed only 345 grams, which meant he was admitted to the LBH Special Care Nursery.

After being discharge from LBH, Chelsea and her husband Andrew were travelling daily from Lennox Head to be with William so he could continue to be breastfed. They found the round trip was becoming very long each day.

“The Staff in the Special Care Nursery told us about Our House so we had a look and found it was perfect for us to stay in while William was in the Special Care Nursery,” Chelsea said.

“Our House is a 20 unit accommodation situated directly across from the LBH. It made a huge difference to us not having to travel back and forward from Lennox Head each day to be near to William,” said Chelsea.

“Our House was opened in December last year after funding was received from the Federal and State Governments, Cancer Council and the local community who were extraordinarily generous,” said Rebekka Battista, Our House Director.

“Our House was built to provide accommodation for cancer patients and their families as well as for families, who have babies in the Special Care Nursery or children in the Paediatric Ward of LBH while receiving treatment,” Rebekka Battista said.

“Our House was perfect for our family. We had our own room and were able to cook in the communal kitchen and importantly, it enabled us to go back and forth to the hospital to see William. It provided us with all our needs during a difficult time in our lives,” said Chelsea.

“Thank you to the Staff of the Special Care Nursery for their care of William and to Ruth and the Our House Team for being so helpful during our stay” Chelsea added.

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