Miracle Babies Foundation is Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.
Every year in Australia around 45,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN). 25,000 of these babies are born premature and up to 1000 babies lose their fight for life.
For families, the experience of having a baby come into the world not as expected or planned is life changing. Without support, this overwhelming and traumatic experience can have lifelong effects on the emotional wellbeing of these miracle families. It affects the entire family unit.
PRESTONS resident and founder of the Miracle Babies Foundation, Melinda Cruz is taking part in one of her biggest challenges yet – the New York Marathon.
Liverpool Champion reported that The mother of three said she had never dreamt of running a marathon before but when the opportunity arose she had to do it for her children.
“Something that has always played on my mind and in the back of my head was when my middle son, Dillon, was born at only 27 weeks,” she said.
“On the week that we were due to discharge him, we spoke to the doctor and asked about what life would be like beyond being discharged.
“One of the biggest things with premature babies and with him was his lungs and the struggles with them.”
She said she remembered asking the doctor about what life would be like when her son was two, five or seven years old.
“He said ‘look, he is going to be fine and live a normal life, but don’t expect this kid to be running any marathons’,” Mrs Cruz said.
“As soon as the doctor walked away I bawled my eyes out.
“The nurse next to me heard what he had said and she said: ‘don’t you put any limitations on your son, you be his champion’.”
Mrs Cruz and her party of 19 others will compete in the New York Marathon in November.
Interview with the CEO of Miracle Babies Foundation Melinda Cruz: