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Baby back home, doing well after early arrival

EARLY ARRIVAL: Cooper William Anderson was born to Laura and Joshua Anderson on June 22 at 26 weeks.
EARLY ARRIVAL: Cooper William Anderson was born to Laura and Joshua Anderson on June 22 at 26 weeks. Luka Kauzlaric

EARLY arrivals are sometimes welcomed - but not always when they are a birth.

Laura Anderson gave birth to Cooper William at 26 weeks, five days gestation on June 22.

For the past two months Laura and Cooper have been in Brisbane, with Cooper in intensive care at the Brisbane Royal Hospital and Laura at the Ronald McDonald House.

The family were relieved to arrive home in Gladstone this week.

Cooper is the first child for Laura and Joshua Anderson.

"We arrived in the Gladstone hospital, and they had to fly the neonatal team from Brisbane in," Laura said.

"Cooper was flown to Brisbane that night with the royal flying doctors."

Laura suffered from a haemorrhage after the birth, and had to undergo surgery immediately.

"He was incubated for two days. It was very, very scary," she said.

She said they felt lucky Cooper survived it all, and credited the two hospitals.

"The hospitals were just wonderful - he wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them," she said.

"They prepare you for the worst, but we were very lucky."

Laura and Josh were told their bub could weigh between 600-700g. But they were relieved the bub was not as tiny as expected, when he was born weighing 1200g.

The Tasmanian couple had been unaware of Cooper's gender. Laura said she had a "feeling" she was going to have a little girl.

"She would have been named Saige."

Cooper was a name the pair both liked, which Josh suggested.

"William is after my pop and Josh chose Cooper, but we've always liked that name," she said.

"We're just so happy he's okay now."

Laura's twin sister received her first cuddle from the small newborn on Tuesday.

Topics:  babies, birth, gladstone hospital, milestones, premature baby



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