Baby Charlee’s Story
On the 1st of June, first-time parents Ali and Josh welcomed their baby girl Charlee at just 23 weeks. Weighing a tiny 560 grams, her parents’ wedding rings could fit around her arm like a bangle.
Newborn Charlee with her mum and dad’s wedding rings around her arm.
Ali passed her 20-week scan and like any new mum, hoped she was in the clear. However, just shy of 23 weeks, Ali woke with severe pressure in her abdomen and was rushed straight to WCH. In the late hours of Sunday night came the terrifying news that Ali had bulging membranes and was at serious risk of miscarriage.
Over the next few days, the goal was simple: try to keep baby Charlee in the womb as long as possible to give her the best chance of survival.
“All we could do was wait and hope for the best,” Ali says.
Just hours into her 23rd week, Ali awoke to the daunting discovery that her waters had broken, the baby was coming now!
Baby Charlee was born at 2:05pm on 1 June 2022, exactly 120 days before her due date. Ali and Josh touched Charlee’s face, then she was whisked away to the NICU by staff.
Charlee in NICU with her nasal cannula about to dose off to sleep.