To have one premature baby defy all odds is a miracle.
Rosehill mum Teata Boyce has three of these precious miracles.
Genesis, now, 4, weighed 600 grams and was 26 centimetres long when he was born at 24 weeks and given a 10 per cent chance of survival.
Revelation, 1, was born at 28 weeks while four-month-old Embassy arrived six weeks early.
But it was Genesis who had the toughest fight, spending his first seven months in hospital, where he underwent six surgeries.
He now has a mild form of cerebral palsy.
“It was so traumatic, I don’t remember much of it,” Ms Boyce said.
“I have two older adopted children but he was my firstborn. From head to toe, he was shorter than a 30 centimetre ruler. Doctors told me to be prepared that it may not have a good ending. It was very frightening seeing Genesis covered in hundred of tubes. But I didn’t give up because he kept fighting.”
Ms Boyce and her children will take part in Life’s Little Treasures Foundation’s Walk for Prems in Sydney this Sunday.
Now in its seventh year, it’s Australia’s largest event raising awareness and funds to support premature babies and their families.
The goal is to raise $250,000 nationwide.
Around 48,000 babies are admitted into neonatal intensive care and special care units in Australia each year.
For every $10 raised, Life's Little Treasures Foundation can provide a free guide to a family who find themselves in the unknown world of a neonatal intensive care unit or special care nursery. Ms Boyce found out about Life’s Little Treasures Foundation through a Westmead Hospital neonatal intensive care unit nurse, who was also a premmie.
“I wish I had the information and support when Genesis was born as it would have made the experience so much easier,” she said.
She will be joined on this Sunday’s walk by extended family and friends from Rosehill Public School, where she’s part of the P and C Association. “I hope to raise awareness that all premmie babies are miracles.
“Genesis is living proof. It changed my outlook on life and made me appreciate life more. It’s also brought our family closer together.”