Mir­a­cle to the Max

PREM BABY FIGHTS BACK

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Jaime Shurmer

DUBBED as a “mir­a­cle baby,” Max Sharkey is his fam­ily's lit­tle trea­sure.

When she was 20 weeks preg­nant, Pia Sharkey and her hus­band from East Vic­to­ria Park were told their son was likely to be small be­cause he had just one work­ing artery in his um­bil­i­cal cord. From

then on, the lit­tle guy and his mum were mon­i­tored ev­ery two days un­til Max's heart rate dropped and he stopped mov­ing.

Two days short of 36 weeks, Mrs Sharkey gave birth to a 1.8kg Max via cae­sarean but was un­able to hold him and he stayed in the hos­pi­tal nurs­ery.

“Max was in neonates for two-and-a-half weeks and he's a bit of a mir­a­cle baby. He needed very lit­tle oxy­gen and due to his size he stayed in a hu­midi­crib for over a week,” Mrs Sharkey said.

“It was weird be­ing in a hos­pi­tal room with your hus­band with­out your baby.”

But Max is healthy and at 20 weeks of age weighs more than 5kg.

“The pae­di­a­tri­cian says he ob­vi­ously wasn't meant to be lit­tle,” Mrs Sharkey said.

“Max is very head­strong, knows what he wants and when he's hun­gry, but he's happy and pretty care­free.”

On Oc­to­ber 26, the Sharkeys will join the Walk for Prems in South Perth in support of other par­ents of pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

Walk for Prems is a ma­jor fundraiser for Life's Lit­tle Trea­sure's, a char­ity ded­i­cated to re­sourc­ing par­ents by host­ing support groups.

“My hus­band saw the walk ad­ver­tised and we de­cided to do it as a support for the group and to meet other af­fected fam­i­lies,” Mrs Sharkey said.

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