Christmas wish come true for NICU family

Father and mother holding newborn next to Christmas tree
December 24, 2020

For the Tenggara family, this Christmas will be extra special as they will get to spend the holiday at home as a family of four.

Mary and Eko welcomed their second son, Caleb, on 13 December at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) however during labour he became distressed and was born with respiratory complications.

He was quite unwell directly following birth and required high levels of respiratory support and chest drains for his collapsed lungs.

“As soon as Caleb was born he was quickly surrounded by a team of people and lots of machines - it was so scary,” Dad Eko said.

“My wife was in a lot of pain and had lost a substantial amount of blood so I went with Caleb while she was getting her stitches.”

“I watched as the doctors tried to help him breathe – they saved his life,” Eko said.

Despite his dramatic entrance in to the world, Caleb is now a thriving newborn who will be discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) just in time for the festive season.

FSH NICU Clinical Nurse Specialist Danielle Green said while Caleb would be going home for Christmas, there were still almost 20 other babies who would be spending Christmas in hospital.

“We do everything we can to make sure the day is really special for the families with plenty of presents that have been donated by various neonatal organisations, as well as a stocking for each baby and we also take lots of family photos on the ward,” Danielle said.

“As the COVID visitor restrictions have now been lifted, it also means that entire families can come and spend time with the babies which is nice given it has been a difficult year for everyone.”

After spending 10 days as an inpatient receiving antibiotics to treat an infection, Mum Mary is looking forward to spending Christmas Day with all her boys.

“I can’t wait to see my older son Sheldon and just celebrate over a quiet dinner at home – we feel very lucky,” she said.