Melanie Colls with her and husband Peter’s “miracle” baby, Mia Kate. Mia is a sister for Riley, 3.
Melanie Colls with her and husband Peter’s “miracle” baby, Mia Kate. Mia is a sister for Riley, 3. JOCELYN WATTS

Miracle Mia is a family blessing

PETER and Melanie Colls were told they could never have another child.

But the Maryborough couple defied all odds after welcoming their “miracle” baby, Mia Kate, into the world at the Hervey Bay Hospital on February 2.

Only two weeks after their wedding in 2007, Peter, 31, was diagnosed with leukaemia, dashing the couple’s dream of completing their family with a second child.

“We had already had Riley but we were told we weren’t able to have any more children because of the pills he (Peter) was on,” Melanie said.

“She is a miracle child.”

Melanie, who turns 24 today, says finding out she was pregnant was “unbelievable”.

“We were both just so over the moon when we found out everything was OK.

“She is perfect.”

In a true twist of fate, little Mia, who is only the second grandchild for both sides of the family, has gone down in the history books as the only baby girl to be born into the Colls family for more than 60 years.

“Peter’s father passed away when he was four and he (Peter) had all sisters,” Melanie said.

“And since then no girls were born.”

Mia must have known her excited family members were eagerly awaiting her arrival because she was born two weeks early after just four hours labour.

With Mia weighing in at 7lb 2oz, Melanie says it was definitely easier the second time around.

“Riley was 8lb 13oz and nine hours labour. It was a shock that she was two weeks early.

“She was smaller so that was good.”

According to Melanie, three-year-old Riley has settled into brotherhood like a natural and insists on lending a helping hand and offers up hugs and kisses to his sister at every opportunity.

“He is such a proud big brother. He is wonderful with her,” she said.

Peter spent several months in hospital after the couple’s wedding but is now on medication and is doing well.



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