The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - JILL POULSEN

WHEN Brad and Mel Cooper walked into Hum­ming­bird House – Queens­land’s only chil­dren’s hospice – they im­me­di­ately felt a weight had been lifted.

Their son Cody (twin brother of Nate) who was al­most two at the time, needed around-the-clock care af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with se­vere cere­bral palsy and menin­gi­tis soon af­ter his birth.

“It was just re­al­i­sa­tion that you were no longer alone … com­ing to Hum­ming­bird House meant we could just be to­gether as a fam­ily,” Mrs Cooper said.

Mr Cooper cred­ited their time at Hum­ming­bird House in the months be­fore Cody died, with eas­ing the strain on their re­la­tion­ship.

The hospice will open to the pub­lic to­day for World Hospice and Pal­lia­tive Care Day, with guided tours from 10am-3pm.

Pic­ture: Liam Kid­ston

OPEN DAY: Brady and Mel Cooper with their chil­dren, Nate, 4, and Kade, 15 months-old, at Hum­ming­bird House, in Bris­bane’s north.

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