Fight for life: 'We thought he wasn't going to make it'
HAYLEE Spreadborough was supposed to be giving birth to her third child this week, instead she will be preparing to bring the little man home to the Sunshine Coast.
Eddie Maher was born in September after just 26 weeks in the womb and spent the first few months of his life hooked up to an oxygen machine.
The 14-week-old is currently in care at the Brisbane Lady Cilento Hospital, but parents Haylee and Warrick Maher wants to have him home at Wurtulla by Christmas.
Only a month ago was Warrick, able to hold his son after the little fighter had several set-backs in hospital.
The Sunshine Coast Daily caught up with the family just after Father's Day, Eddie seemed to be doing well.
But a week later he gave his parents the shock of their lives.
"He ended up getting re-ventilated and was 100% dependent on the oxygen machine," she said.
"There were times we thought he just wasn't going to make it."
Eddie was placed on onto a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) ventilator, to keep his airways open, allowing him to breathe for himself.
But he vomited into the mask, filling it so he couldn't breathe at all.
The doctors rushed into his room and placed him onto an oxygen bag, and he was doing okay for a while.
"Then his lung collapsed a few times...it would collapse and then re-inflate and we never really knew why it kept happening," Haylee said.
"But then the doctors moved the tube that fed into his stomach (which they believed was causing his reflux) further down, and it stopped happening."
Eddie slowly started to recover, much to the joy of his siblings Chloe, 2 and Malcolm who turns 4 in a few weeks.
Malcolm asked his mum if Eddie would be home in time for the birthday cake.
"We can't wait to have him home," she said.
"Everything that has happened has been so overwhelming but I just want our family to be together again."
Warrick works on the Coast over the weekends and brings the kids to Brisbane every weekend.
If all goes well, Eddie will be transferred to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital early next week, where parents will learn how to care and treat him for his condition.
"It is a lot to take on," Haylee said.
"He will need ongoing care once he comes home.
"The doctors said he will get sick very easily and even something like a cold will send him back to hospital... he's going to be a very vulnerable child.
"I just want to bring him home."