FIRST-TIME mum Bronwyn Bunn knew something was wrong when she couldn't feel her baby Lucas kick at 27-weeks gestation.
After a doctor's visit and a week of steroids to keep Lucas growing, she was rushed by ambulance from Toowoomba to the Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane.
Lucas was delivered on October 8, 11 weeks shy of his expected delivery date on Christmas Day.
Mum and bub spent 40 days at the Mater Mothers' Hospital's neonatal critical care unit, with Bronwyn wishing for skin-to-skin contact with Lucas, but only able to watch him through incubator glass.
It was five days before she was able to hold him.
With husband Sam only able to visit on the weekends, she relied heavily on the Mater's nurses for support.
"You just get thrown into it, the first few days were very emotional," she said.
"It really takes its toll on you. No one can ever prepare you for seeing your little baby hooked up to cords, and fed by tubes, it was so scary."
"Lucas was breathing at birth but needed help and had to be ventilated."
He spent 87 days in hospital, being moved to St Vincent's Hospital in Toowoomba.
Lucas now weighs about 4kg and has grown to fit 0000 clothes.
He is one of the five Queensland ambassadors for the IGA Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal, raising funds for patient support and research for ill and premature babies.
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