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


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Local workers need to be given a chance

Gregory MP Lachlan Millar.

Local MP calls for recruitment of local workers as well as FIFOs.

Beating the heat in the school holidays

Ellie Dyer on the monkey bars at a fun filled playground.

Looking for something to do these school holidays?

Regional hearing on black lung coming to Emerald

Section of a coal worker's lung showing black lung disease with progressive massive fibrosis.Contributed

The inquiry into black lung is coming to Emerald and Blackwater.

Local Partners

Emergency dashboard provides single point of truth

The Central Highlands Regional Council has launched a new online emergency management dashboard providing a one stop shop for information and updates.

Santa is coming to Isaac libraries

CHRISTMAS CRAFT: Join in the special Story Time sessions at Isaac Libraries December 5 to 9 and create your own Christmas craft like Sophia, Evie and Ashley Williams.

Santa is dropping in to the libraries in the Isaac Region.

Warm up your voice for the Rotary Carols

The Rotary Carols by Candlelight is on this Sunday.

The Central Highlands Rotary Carols is on this weekend.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!