Miracle to the Max
PREM BABY FIGHTS BACK
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.