Toowoomba's miracle boy full of life
TOOWOOMBA'S Caleb Back is a living miracle.
He was born 10 weeks premature and severely underweight at only 800 grams.
That was 14 years ago.
An incredible photo of Mr Back alongside the boot of Wallabies legend John Eales publicised his fight for life as he battled twin to twin transfusion syndrome.
These days the Concordia College student looks every part a happy and healthy 14-year-old with only the newspaper story on the walls of the family home a reminder of what he has been through.
Caleb's mother Linda Back said: "Caleb and his twin brother Joshua were born premature because of the condition which sees one twin receiving an unequal nutrient share which then impacts their growth.
"Both Josh and Caleb had to spend 10 weeks in hospital after birth.
"However, as Caleb was so drastically undersized we were a bit worried.
"While the boys were still in hospital, a newspaper was doing a story featuring John Eales looking to raise awareness about premature babies.
"They chose Caleb to feature because he was so small."
These days nothing is holding the Torrington teenager down, with the year nine student balancing a busy school schedule with his love of computer games and sailing.
"It's a pretty cool story I think and a different aspect of my life," Mr Back said
"A few years ago I wrote to John Eales telling him about the photo of me and his boot.
"He wrote back and also sent me a signed copy of his biography and a ball.
"It was a great to know he remembered me all these years on."
While there was still the usual brotherly squabbles between Caleb and his twin sibling Josh, Ms Back said she was very proud of both her boys.
"Growing up Caleb has not shown any negative impacts from his condition at birth," she said.
"Both of the boys are happy and healthy teenagers and that is all a mother can ask."