Telethon is coming!
Mark your diary for Saturday 6 April 2024—a day where the community will come together to make miracles happen.
Every baby born at a Mater Mothers’ Hospital is affectionately known as a little miracle, but some newborns have a challenging start to life.
The Channel Nine Telethon supporting Mater Little Miracles is bringing the Queensland community together to create change for our littlest patients. It will spotlight the community’s generosity which enables Mater to be a leader in neonatal critical care and maternal fetal medicine.
very ill and premature babies receive round-the-clock specialist care from the Mater Mothers' Neonatal Critical Care Unit every year
chance of survival for babies born at 23 weeks gestation
and only team at Mater performing open fetal spinal surgery in Australia and New Zealand
When you contribute directly to Mater Little Miracles, you become a partner in this mission: an advocate in making a baby's entry into the world as smooth as it can be. With the help of your donation and the donations from others like you in the community, Mater clinicians and researchers can continue to improve outcomes for our tiniest and most vulnerable patients.
Meet the little miracles
Every year more than 2,000 very ill and premature babies receive round-the-clock specialist care from the team in Mater Mothers' Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU). The Nine Telethon will follow some of our amazing stories and showcase the work of our talented and dedicated clinical and research teams who continue to deliver life-saving and life-changing care, explore inspiring stories, like the ones below:
Meet baby Ollie, born at 24 weeks and entered the world weighing 520 grams. Mum Erika, knew Ollie was going to have to fight for his life.
Lilly Kate was born 14 weeks premature by emergency caesarean, she weighed less than a loaf of bread. Mum Emily Kate, wanted to hold her little girl so badly, but she couldn’t.
Ethan was born at 27 weeks and he had in-utero surgery to repair his severe spina bifida defect at 24 weeks gestation, and it truly was miracle surgery.
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