Family's joy soured by theft
TINY tot Mikayla came into the world 10 weeks ahead of schedule.
That experience was more than enough drama for her Urangan parents. However, when her car was broken into at Hervey Bay Hospital while she cared for her bub inside, mum Nerida also had to come to terms with being robbed.
It has left a sour taste.
On a happier note, Mikayla was discharged from hospital last weekend in time to make Father’s Day one to remember for dad Glenn Fletcher. His little girl was not due until the end of September.
The little fighter was born only 30 weeks into Nerida’s pregnancy. She had announced her early arrival four weeks previously, prompting an emergency flight to a Brisbane hospital where the labour was stopped.
Following a further four-week gestation period, all 1644g of Mikayla were delivered safe, sound and slightly early by emergency caesarean on July 20.
“She was so tiny. A real little fighter,” Nerida said.
“Those 10 weeks were complete chaos.
“I didn’t even get to say goodbye to my daughter Lilly. We just walked out of her life for seven weeks.”
With no life-threatening complications to stress about, Mikayla was nursed to good health before being taken to Hervey Bay Hospital where she stayed a further four weeks until last weekend when Glenn, a concreter, and Nerida, who works at Hervey Bay United Soccer Club, got the best news possible.
They could take their baby home.
It brought a happy end to a dramatic seven weeks which hit an ugly low when Nerida’s car was broken into while parked at the Hervey Bay Hospital grounds.
She had celebrated her 34th birthday in hospital and decided to take Lilly shopping to mark the occasion on the following Saturday, August 28.
Along with a treat for Lilly, 9, she spent most of the shopping vouchers – worth $300 – she got for her birthday on special care and nursery items.
She discovered the low act when she went out to get a jumper that Saturday evening.
“I bought stuff not useful to anyone who has not had an emergency caesarean or is breast feeding.
“Who steals from hospital car parks? You’re here because you’re sick or visiting someone who is sick or working here. It’s bad enough to steal but at a hospital?”
Nerida encouraged anyone with any information about the robbery to contact Hervey Bay police.
“Someone must have seen someone walking away with that bag. I know I’m not going to get it back.
“I’ve never been broken into. It just sucks.”