Lifestyle

Miracle premmie blooming

Tahleha Baptie’s firstborn, daughter Skylah Sophia, was born prematurely with severe blood loss.
Tahleha Baptie’s firstborn, daughter Skylah Sophia, was born prematurely with severe blood loss. Alistair Brightman

YOUNG mother Tahleha Baptie and her partner, David O'Connell, count their blessings every day when they admire their baby Skylah.

The alert and rosy-cheeked little girl living and growing with them today was born premature and pallid on April 2 after losing massive amounts of blood through a tear behind the placenta.

Tahleha still shudders when she thinks back and reflects on how close the couple came to losing their newborn.

"She was born with severe foetal-maternal haemorrhaging," Tahleha said.

"There was a big tear in the placenta, but it did not show up on the scans.

"When she was born she had only 50% of her blood in her system and was only the second baby in (Hervey Bay) hospital to be given a blood transfusion like that."

Skylah was rushed into intensive care where she stayed for five days, part of that time in a humidi crib as she struggled to breathe.

Medical staff told Tahleha, once the crisis was over, that only one in 5000 babies suffered from Skylah's condition, and the mortality rate was 37%.

"They were so blown away at the hospital by how well Skylah has recovered," Tahleha said.

"She has all her colour back and is eating well and putting on weight.

"We couldn't be happier."

Tahleha, who has just finished Year 12 and a hospitality and tourism course through TAFE, said she planned to stay at home to care for Skylah for the foreseeable future.

Topics:  birth, family, health, premature baby


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sailing champs receive heroes' welcome at Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island welcomes the Australian Oylimpic sailing team on Friday afternoon.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

Hammo welcomes Olympic team with cheer and streamers

Plenty of fun for our triathlon fans

HELPING OUT: Jono and Lisa Moir, owners of GJ Gardner, have made the special Airlie Beach Triathlon mugs.

Plenty of fun for our Airlie Beach Triathlon fans.

Frantic search comes to an end

FOUND: The yacht Frantic being towed back to Airlie Beach by Edge Marine Salvage earlier today. 
Photo contributed.

The yacht Frantic has been found.

Latest deals and offers

Wind arrives for day four of Hamo Race Week

Trade winds blowing from the SSE and between 12 and 15 knots were described as moderate by champion sailor and sailing photographer Nic Douglass.

Sailing champs receive heroes' welcome at Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island welcomes the Australian Oylimpic sailing team on Friday afternoon.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times

Hammo welcomes Olympic team with cheer and streamers

Plenty of fun for our triathlon fans

HELPING OUT: Jono and Lisa Moir, owners of GJ Gardner, have made the special Airlie Beach Triathlon mugs.

Plenty of fun for our Airlie Beach Triathlon fans.

Frantic search comes to an end

FOUND: The yacht Frantic being towed back to Airlie Beach by Edge Marine Salvage earlier today. 
Photo contributed.

The yacht Frantic has been found.

Suicide Squad to shake up Prossie film fans

BAD HEROES: Will Smith and Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad. Photo: Warner Bros

Suicide Squad is set to shake up Prossie film fans.

Momentum builds at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

TAKE OFF: The multihull cruising division leaving Dent Passage yesterday for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. 
Photo Andrea Francolini

After a slow start, momentum is building at Hamo Race Week.

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Twice as much Troy will please country music lovers

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: Singer Troy Cassar-Daley plans to take some time off to spend with family next year.

TROY Cassar-Daley is releasing a new album and book.

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

Suicide Squad to shake up Prossie film fans

BAD HEROES: Will Smith and Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad. Photo: Warner Bros

Suicide Squad is set to shake up Prossie film fans.

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa