ROUGH START: Brielle is loving school and life after being born premature at 26 weeks. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
ROUGH START: Brielle is loving school and life after being born premature at 26 weeks. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA220316PREM

Battler Brielle loves school

AFTER being born premature at 26 weeks and weighing in at just 500 grams, Brielle Webb's life hung in the balance.

Brielle spent the next 120 days at Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney in intensive care where she needed a ventilator to breathe for her.

"When they're born that small life is measured by hours," Brielle's mum Kylie said.

"Every day was different because one day she would be going downhill and the next she was good.

"It was scary until she turned the corner," Kylie said.

At five-years-old and coming close to the end of her first term of school Brielle is now full of life, loving going to school and even bossing her big sister around.

On Brielle's first day at Tannum Sands State School she was so excited she was ready to go by 7am.

"Brielle got up before everyone else and had her shoes on ready to go to school," Kylie said.

"It was tough and I was having to hang in there.

"I was nervous and sad but when she said 'bye mum' there was no crying or tears," she said.

The family couldn't be happier with Tannum Sands State School.

Because Brielle has some hearing loss as result of complications from the premature birth, the school installed a sound system in the classroom so she can hear whether she chooses to listen or not.

She has also made many friends. "She's got great teachers and she's doing really well," Kylie said.

"It's onwards and upwards.

"We're so happy with the school," she said.



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