HELP­ING HUNTER

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EV­ERY mother’s night­mare is hear­ing those chilling words from the doc­tor – “there’s a prob­lem with your baby”.

At her 12-week scan, Melissa Ei­nam was in­formed of the se­ri­ous con­di­tion her un­born child had.

The young mum was dev­as­tated by the news. She was preg­nant with iden­ti­cal twin boys and she had ma­jor con­cerns and tough de­ci­sions to make re­gard­ing the well­be­ing of her ba­bies.

“It was a strug­gle and I had to go ahead with the surg­eries to save my ba­bies,” she said.

The surg­eries had great risk and doc­tors had grave con­cerns that chances were very slim for both ba­bies to sur­vive.

“I was dev­as­tated when I lost one of my boys and we knew the other was go­ing to have se­ri­ous health is­sues,” Mrs Ei­nam said.

Mrs Ei­nam went into labour at 27 weeks, and with all the sup­port from the hos­pi­tal staff it couldn’t be stopped, and she de­liv­ered her son Hunter and he was rushed into in­ten­sive care.

Hunter has en­dured count­less surg­eries in his four years and his tiny body has be­come a pin cush­ion with weekly in­jec­tions and doc­tors’ ap­point­ments.

“He sits through seven hours a night of dial­y­sis as he only has 3% func­tion in one kid­ney,” Mrs Ei­nam said.

The brave young man, wear­ing his favourite fish­ing T-shirt, said he loved to go crab­bing with his dad and en­joyed suck­ing the meat out of the crab legs.

“I like quad bikes and I ride it with my hel­met on,” he said.

It has been a fi­nan­cial strug­gle for the young fam­ily as Hunter’s con­di­tion re­quires reg­u­lar trips to Brisbane, with ex­tended stays due to med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions.

The Childers Buf­falo Lodge was made aware of Hunter’s con­di­tion and raised funds to sup­port his bat­tle. Club pres­i­dent John Buck­ing­ham said they had raised $500 to as­sist in the costs for Hunter.

“We help sup­port lo­cals in time of need and Hunter truly needs sup­port,” he said.

The young mum thanked the supporters at the Grand Ho­tel last Fri­day for the gen­er­ous do­na­tion to Hunter.

She was hold­ing back tears as she was handed the cheque. The pre­sen­ta­tion was de­layed a week as Hunter had a bad day med­i­cally which pre­vented them at­tend­ing.

“Our plans al­ways change as Hunter’s health is my main con­cern,” Mrs Ei­nam said.

Ash Warry won Fri­day’s trea­sure chest raf­fle and kindly do­nated $100 from his win­nings to Hunter.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

HELP­ING HUNTER: Melissa Ei­nam, Hunter Ei­nam and the pres­i­dent of the Buf­falo Lodge, John Buck­ing­ham.

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