Local charity, Our Kids, was recently able to play a very special role in the life of one premature baby.
Sarah, a third child for Megan and Michael Ulrick from Urbenville, was born by emergency Caesarean section at Lismore Base Hospital (LBH) at 33 weeks, after a routine check-up raised concerns for both mum and bub.
Baby Sarah and mum, Megan, were able to remain at LBH after the birth, with Sarah being looked after in the Special Care Nursery to help monitor her vital signs and growth.
To help supplement Sarah’s nutrition in the days and weeks after birth, Megan and Michael were keen to source donor breast milk. They were keen to keep Sarah in Lismore and close to family.
The team of doctors, nurses and midwives at Lismore Base Hospital worked together to arrange access to pasteurised human donor milk from the Queensland Milk Bank at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, with the generous support of Our Kids.
“Accessing donor breast milk from Brisbane was a way to protect Sarah’s small stomach and intestines, and also keep her in Lismore without transferring her to Brisbane,” LBH Special Care Nursing Unit Manager, Jo Ezzy, said.
“With the assistance of Our Kids we were able to courier the donor milk from hospital to hospital, which was a great relief for all involved,” Jo said.
Our Kids Fundraising Coordinator, Rebekka Battista, said this was the first time Our Kids had been able to assist in such a unique way through their Community Grants funds.
“The money raised by Our Kids not only buys equipment for our hospitals to help keep kids local when needing medical care, but we also issue grants to families to help with the care of their sick children and keep them local,” Rebekka Battista, Our Kids Fundraising Coordinator said.
Since the donor milk was provided, baby Sarah has been doing well and has been frequently visited in hospital by her two brothers Jack and Kaleb, who are thrilled with having a baby sister, and happy she stayed close to home.
For more information about the Our Kids Community Grants, which are sponsored by Far North Coast Law Society, please contact the Our Kids office on 6620 2705.