Fund-raisers help frail bubs

IF ANYONE knows the importance of the Liverpool's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care unit, the Wang family does.

Aston Wang is one of the many premature and sick babies born at the unit.

He was born almost three months premature at 24 weeks old and weighed 733 grams.

Babies like Aston require medication and oxygen to help them survive outside of the womb.

It's fortunate than Liverpool's unit recently received new medical equipment from the McDonald's Helping Hands fund-raiser and the Miracle Babies Foundation.

McDonald's store owners in south-west Sydney have donated five Medfusion syringe drivers.

These machines are designed to deliver medication in a controlled and timely manner suitable for premature and sick babies.

Three Miracle Babies Foundation volunteers raised close to $10,000 and donated two oxygen pumps.

These monitor oxygen levels for babies with chronic lung disease.

Natalie Gane, her brother Craig and their friend raised funds for this equipment after they trekked the Kokoda Track for 10 gruelling days in August.

Ms Gane has a two-year-old son, Mitch, who was cared for at Liverpool's unit when he was born at 32-weeks premature.

"I drew strength from Mitch's fighting spirit, I kept picturing him in his humidicrib and reminded myself that if he could get through such a tough start then I could walk up hills," Ms Gane said.

"It was tough, but it's nothing compared to having a miracle baby."

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