News

Miracle mum-to-be

Tegan Prentice with fiancee Tim Kubler and good Samaritans Katrina and Ben Hunter and daughter Myah, 3.
Tegan Prentice with fiancee Tim Kubler and good Samaritans Katrina and Ben Hunter and daughter Myah, 3. Greg Miller

THE forthcoming birth of Tegan Prentice's miracle baby has brought many people into Tegan's life.

Tegan has had chronic myeloid leukaemia since she was 13, and now the 23-year-old is preparing for the birth of her first child, Joey, on June 18.

"I had to go off medication (to protect the child) so it's been scary, I have to monitor it (her leukaemia) every couple of weeks, make sure it's all okay," she said.

Tegan said she and her fiance had had "a bit of a rough trot" with her illness and were struggling to make ends meet.

"My partner had to leave his job so he could be here and take care of me," she said.

"Times have been tough financially, all I did was on Facebook I posted that I was looking for some work, odd jobs from home.

"From there it snowballed. A whole bunch of girls on there found my story and within a couple of days, I had hundreds of messages of support wanting to donate things."

Kind strangers donated all they could to help the new mum, but it was when the site's administrator, Cat Smith, suggested a baby shower for Tegan that the generosity truly showed.

"I don't have a lot of friends, so it's definitely not something I had planned," she said.

"I've been in tears over it so many times, it's overwhelming, people's generosity. I've been through such dark times thinking there was no one out there, not knowing how hard it was. There's been an outpouring of support from people who don't know me."

Katrina Hunter saw Tegan's post on Facebook and immediately started trawling her cupboards looking for goods to donate.

But she knew there was more to be done and volunteered to throw Tegan's baby shower tomorrow.

Katrina said she related to Tegan's plight for help, after her family lost most of its possessions in a shed fire at her Golden Beach home last year.

"Everyone's pain is the same. No better, no worse, and even though we are still a long way away from recovering from the fire, emotionally and financially, when I read Tegan's story I knew that I could find a way to help her in some way. I found that way and I'm doing it," she said.

Topics:  baby, birth, community, health, leukemia



Warwick emergency crews rush to trapped child

THERE was a brief moment of panic for a parent this afternoon.

Brazen thieves target small business

Senior Sergeant Craig Berry said the break in was a timely reminder for home and business owners to check their security measures.

POLICE are hunting for thieves who broke into the local store.

Spring brings the rise of the tick

TICKED OFF: Owners of tick infested properties have an obligation to take actions to prevent cattle tick spreading.

WHEN spring arrives, so do the ticks.

Local Partners

9000 reasons to support our community clubs

Community clubs are good at what they do. They are not so good at telling the world about what they do, as Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart explains.


Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Rural properties expected to soar as investors seek income

Rural properties are should become highly sought after

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.