Twins get care at Mater Hospital

When four-year-old twins Harrison and Connor Schumacher were born their combined weight was a smidge over 1.6kg.

Born at just 26 weeks at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Harrison weighed 910grams and Connor a tiny 704grams.

Seeing them run around playing at their Gladstone home with older brother Baxter, 5, belies their tough start to life.

Mum Heidi Schumacher, a teacher at Kin Kora State School, said she had a positive experience at the Mater, at what was potentially a scary time for a new mum of premature twins.

“They made our memories positive when they could’ve been worse,” she said.

Ms Schumacher was just 17 weeks pregnant and living at Maroochydore when she was admitted to the Mater as Connor was not growing at the normal rate.

The decision was made to deliver the boys at 26 weeks and they went straight to neonatal care unit.

The boys had respiratory distress when they were first born and needed to be ventilated to help their breathing.

Harrison spent two and a half months in the hospital and Connor was there for 99 days.

“The hospital does a cake if a baby is in the hospital for 100 days and because it was only a day short they did a cake for Connor,” she said.

Mrs Schumacher and husband Jarod had to wait a month before they were able to hold the boys, but it was a special occasion as it happened on Father’s Day.

The boys continued to have check ups at the Mater until they turned four last year.

“The staff remembered us, and especially Baxter, who was only one at the time,” she said.

Connor and Harrison will start prep next year and they are ‘very excited’ about it.

“They talk non-stop and can’t wait to start school.”

Last year, Mater Children’s Hospitals and Mater Mothers’ Hospitals in Brisbane cared for 415 mothers, children and babies from South Central Queensland.

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