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.

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Your generosity will help families have access to the very best medical care, hospital facilities and support services at a time when they need it most.

Ali says the doctors and nurses provided the most incredible care in facilities that were friendly, welcoming, and comfortable, but we all know there is no place like home. After 89 long days in NICU and another 29 days in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), baby Charlee is home – just in time for Christmas.

“I’m just so ridiculously happy. When she was born, we didn’t know what to expect. That fact that she’s home, and she’s going to be home with us for Christmas, is just the best thing in the whole entire world.”

Charlee spending time with her loving parents Ali and Josh in the comfort of their own home.

Your support helps families in crisis this Christmas.

Other babies, just like Charlee, aren’t as fortunate. Heartbreakingly, more than 450 babies are admitted to the WCH NICU each year, many needing to stay over Christmas.

The WCH Foundation knows the importance of providing ongoing support to alleviate the stress and disruption that an admission to NICU can cause new parents, but we can’t do it alone. We need YOU to help us continue to ensure the Hospital’s tiniest patients have access to the greatest medical care, as well as offer support services to their families during what is an incredibly emotional time.

Help provide the best care for families and their tiny babies at one of the most critical times of their life. Donate before 25 December to give the gift of joy to the tiniest of patients this Christmas.

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