Baby continues to beat odds
THEY say being a parent is not easy and this is certainly true for Ross Walker and Anita Atkins.
This Whitsunday couple's first child Jack Ethan Atkins-Walker was born prematurely due to a placenta abruption on Easter Saturday this year.
But this is not the only extraordinary part about Jack's birth.
Jack's organs had been developing on the outside of his chest cavity, which was diagnosed when his parents went for their 13-week ultrasound scan at the Proserpine Hospital.
Jack went into surgery at the Townsville Base Hospital's Intensive Care Unit just seven hours after arriving into the world but unfortunately it did not go to plan, resulting in complications that doctors believe he should never have survived.
"He has surprised every specialist in the area with his will to live despite how critically ill he still remains," his proud father said.
One week after the first surgery, Jack's parents were told he had lost kidney function.
He is still only functioning at 30 per cent. On April 18 Ross and Anita found new hope through the Brisbane Royal Children's Hospital, which could treat Jack despite his condition. Within hours the family had relocated to Brisbane and are now in the care of the Ronald McDonald Housewhere Jack is still receiving treatment.
If he continues to improve, Jack will be the longest surviving critically ill infant at the RCH. Meanwhile Jack's parents are busy looking into establishing a fundraising association.
To help, visit Jack Ethan Atkins-Walker Care and Support Association on Facebook or email Ross at email@example.com.