COOPER Aitchison, born at 27 weeks and one day, 956 grams, transparent skin, 25 percent chance of survival, brain bleed at nine days old with his family told to come and say their goodbyes, is now heading off to kindy at Shoal Bay Public School.
Cooper’s mum Samantha Scanes-Keith, choking back tears, said, “When you get the call to come say goodbye to your baby, there are no words, walking out of the hospital without your baby is overwhelming, but being told to come say goodbye, I will never forget that feeling.”
“That night, I prayed and prayed for a miracle, I cried, I stayed by his side.”
“Some 30 hours later, the doctors told me his stats were on the good side, and for me to go home and get some rest.”
His eldest sister Madelyn, now 15, would read the story of Mr Strong to Cooper every time she visited him.
Mikayla, now 13, told News Of The Area, “The saddest part for me was when I put all the gowns on and sanitiser, and sometimes I wasn’t allowed to visit my brother, and I wasn’t allowed to touch him.”
Cooper, a happy and healthy five year old, has just signed up for Rugby League (NBJRL), and said, “Mummy’s the best person ever, and when I am older, I want to be a football player and a brick layer.”
The future’s looking bright for Madelyn and Mikayla as they set their sights on becoming a paediatric nurse and neonatal intensive care nurse respectively.
Samantha said, “Cooper has gone from strength to strength over the past five years; the girls and I are amazed with him, we were told to expect the worst, but he is such a normal kid, he was just in a hurry.”
Samantha would like to publicly thank Michelle Keating for her continued support and the Ronald McDonald House where they lived for 115 days.
By Mandy ELLIS