Making miracles happen

Every year, more than 2,000 babies spend time in the Mater Mothers’ Hospital’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) in Brisbane. Some babies are born as young as 24 weeks gestation. They can weigh as little as 400 grams.

Shell Australia staff members Jess Gee and Tyson Croll know first-hand how helpless parents can feel and how essential the support of the Mater team is.

Jess’ twins Angus and Ellie were born at 34 weeks and both needed to be resuscitated at birth. They spent six weeks at the NCCU before they were able to come home. Tyson’s triplets, boys Zachery and Austin and girl Kennedy, were also born at 34 weeks and spent two weeks with the Mater’s neonatal critical care team.

“It is often a very confronting sight to see your own babies helpless in a humidicrib. However, knowing they are in the best care and the very best equipment gives you hope,” Tyson said.

Through the support of Shell staff members, including Jess and Tyson, $15,000 was raised through Shell’s Employee Community Grants for Mater’s NCCU, so the dedicated team can continue helping families.

Each year, Shell Australia offers staff the opportunity to identify a charity or community group of their choice for Shell to donate to on their behalf.

Jess and Tyson were both instrumental in driving awareness and support for the Mater Little Miracles, by sharing their family stories with colleagues.

“My kids are almost two now. They’re happy and healthy. Hopefully this funding goes a small way to helping other families get the support they need,” Jess said.

Mater Foundation Executive Director of Philanthropy Lesley Ray thanked the Shell team for their generosity in supporting Mater Little Miracles.

“These funds will help to support the 2000 sick and premature babies treated at Mater’s NCCU each year,  along with important life-saving research projects.

“It’s donations from the community like these that we need to support these babies and to fund research that will help to improve their health outcomes now and into childhood.”

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