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Brooke Hanson… Home safety tips

Brooke Hanson… her story & home safety tips

Article :  Mouths of Mums

Incredible inner strength and an unbreakable spirit to win – Just some ways you could describe Brooke Hanson – The former golden girl of Olympic swimming and Australian sport.

Brooke is an inspirational mother, business woman, ambassador of causes close to her heart and continues to be a source of admiration for women throughout Australia – several years after the end of her sporting career. And what a sporting career it was.

Following a host of disappointments and narrowly missing out on making the Olympic squad for both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, Brooke’s determination paid off, as she reached the pinnacle of her career in 2004.

Brooke claimed Gold and Silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and then followed this up with 6 more gold medals at the World Short Course Championships. Five of those six gold medals were achieved in individual events, something that had never been seen before at a big international race meeting.

Brooke went on to win further honours, including a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Having such powerful traits to win however does not always relate solely to sporting excellence – but life itself.

In 2007, Brooke was swimming in a swim spa – a small pool that produces a strong current to swim against – fulfilling her duties for her sponsors at the time.

Shortly after exiting the pool, tragedy struck as Brooke collapsed to the floor. She had received an electric shock – an event which subsequently brought an end to her glittering swimming career.

As Brooke says in her book, ‘When Silver is Gold’, this wasn’t just a ‘sharp pain and then move on with your life’ type of shock:

“The crowd started to dissipate and I thought ‘there are not too many people around so I’ll have my five-minute rest before I start demonstrating again’. I went to get out of the spa and that’s when it happened. I put my left leg onto the deck and had my left buttock and left hand on the edge of the spa and my right hand and my right foot still in the water. As soon as my foot hit the deck I received an electric shock that was a million times more severe than the one earlier. The pain was excruciating – I was in agony.

“…as my foot hit the deck I felt this electric current zapping my whole body. I just felt like I needed to get away from the spa as quickly as I could because the pain just wouldn’t stop. It seemed like forever, the vibrations and pain running through my muscles and nerves was so intense I thought it would never end. I couldn’t stop shaking and was aware of only one thing – I had to get away from the spa – but I couldn’t.

“I passed out and when I came to. I couldn’t open my eyes and I had people rushing over to me, saying, “Brooke, did you trip over, did you fall out of the spa” and in my best voice, I said “no” and whispered ‘electric shock’.

“Dad and Jared then rushed over and put me in the recovery position and I kept whispering to dad that I was so tired and just want to go to sleep and dad was saying “listen to my voice, stay with us Brooke, you’re going to be OK”. It was so hard to stay focused on dad’s voice I just wanted to let go, I thought I was going to die as I was so tired and just didn’t care anymore. I had to concentrate on dad’s voice because I thought that if I didn’t I would fall asleep and never wake up.”

For anyone who has followed Brooke’s story since 2007, they will know she has faced more ups and downs than most people experience in a lifetime. This included the incredibly sad death of her son Jack, at just 9 months of age, following his battle to survive after being born 12 weeks premature, weighing just 663grams, severely growth restricted and only 32cm long.

We caught up with Brooke over a coffee and cake at one of the local cafés near the former Olympic champion’s home.

Hi Brooke, thanks for meeting us. We’d love to know how your electric shock has influenced you and if you have any other experiences that have shaped your life?

“My electric shock experience has had a huge influence on my home. I am now incredibly aware of the dangers of electricity and the potential it has to devastate lives. This means my home is an electrical safe zone and making it a haven for my little boy, Cooper is always high on my agenda.

“I also had a pretty life changing experience as a child. When I was 5 years old, I was swimming in the family pool when I started struggling and nearly drowned as a result. Again, my father was on hand to bring me back around from what was an incredibly scary experience for all of us. In a funny way, though, that day shaped my life, as my parents were determined to make me safe around water and a strong swimmer.”

Are there any measures you put in place at home to protect your own family and specifically your son, Cooper?

“As I mentioned, the ordeal surrounding my electric shock has definitely made me even more alert and aware of the dangers of electrical safety in the home than I already was. I’m now twice the worrier!

“My work as brand ambassador for Jim’s Test & Tag has also given me a greater appreciation and education around electrical safety in the home.

Do you have any tips for other mums?

“In terms of tips for other mums, I would recommend getting plug guards to stop your little ones from trying to squeeze their fingers and various objects into the holes.

“It is also a great idea to keep electrical cables out of harms reach – so cable ties and covers are a good idea. In keep cables neat and tidy means little hands can’t pull down appliances from a work surface above – think kettle of boiling water!!

“Finally, a regular check of your electrical equipment is a must! A frayed cable or dodgy connection and numerous other potential faults can cause electric shock and worse. My work for Jim’s Test & Tag aims to bring awareness to the importance of regular electrical test and tag in both homes and businesses.”

What about from a swimming and water safety perspective? Your own experience must have had quite an influence?

“Very much so. We are lucky enough to have a pool in the back yard and, as you might imagine, I’m keen to let Cooper experience how much fun being in the water and swimming can be. But you are right; I certainly have a lot of measures in place to ensure his safety.

“I would recommend to anyone with a pool that they fit it with pool guards, a pool cover and have safety rings and buoyancy aids on standby. It may sound a bit over the top, but it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.

“I would also suggest that swimming lessons are a great idea – so whether that means unleashing the Olympic swimmer inside you or taking them to one of many swim schools around Australia – swimming lessons make a huge difference to confidence and safety around water.

“Oh that reminds me – not so much about swimming water, but water in general. Another great idea, which I have implemented in my own home, is to make sure that water temperature is turned down to 40 degrees or lower, to avoid any potential scolding.

Love it! You’re clearly seriously clued up on safety in the home and why it’s so important for little ones.

I must say, you seem to have incredible resilience and determination to keep smiling and to raise awareness of the issues that have touched your life. Can you tell us a bit about your ambassadorial roles?

“I’m an ambassador for two organisations that are incredibly close to my heart. They are: Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, who support families of premature and sick babies, and Jim’s Test & Tag – Australia’s leading electrical test and tag organisation.

“Life’s Little Treasures Foundation do fantastic work and I am so passionate about being involved from an ambassadorial perspective, given my own personal experience with my little boy Jack.

“Jim’s Test & Tag, is equally important to me. Their main objective is the same one that drives my support of the company. That objective is to ensure that every time someone goes to work, they return safely to their family and loved ones at the end of the day.  I hope that by highlighting my own experiences, attention can be brought to where the real importance of electrical safety lies.”

Thanks you very much for your time, Brooke, I’m sure MoM’s readers will find your story and the top tips you’ve given us really inspiring…

Source: www.mouthsofmums.com.au

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Brooke : “my story & safety tips”

Written by Brooke Hanson

I decided to write this post to highlight the importance of a few things close to my heart.

One of the main things I am passionate about is electrical safety. For those of you who don’t know my story – that may sound like a strange thing to focus on, but my own experience has shaped the way that I approach not only electrical safety, but safety in the home in general.

In 2007, I was swimming in a swim spa – a small pool that produces a strong current to swim against – fulfilling my duties for my sponsors at the time.

Shortly after exiting the pool, I collapsed to the floor, having received a large electric shock – an event which subsequently brought an end to my swimming career.

I remember getting out of the swim spa and as my foot hit the deck I felt this electric current zapping my whole body. I just felt like I needed to get away from the spa as quickly as I could because the pain just wouldn’t stop. It seemed like forever, the vibrations and pain running through my muscles and nerves was so intense I thought it would never end. I couldn’t stop shaking and was aware of only one thing – I had to get away from the spa – but I couldn’t.

I passed out and when I came to I couldn’t open my eyes and had people rushing over to me, saying, “Brooke, did you trip over, did you fall out of the spa” and in my best voice, I said “no” and whispered “electric shock”.

Dad and Jared then rushed over and put me in the recovery position and I kept whispering to dad that I was so tired and just want to go to sleep. Dad was saying “listen to my voice, stay with us Brooke, you’re going to be OK”. It was so hard to stay focused on dad’s voice. I just wanted to let go, I thought I was going to die as I was so tired and just didn’t care anymore. I had to concentrate on Dad’s voice because I thought that if I didn’t I would fall asleep and never wake up.

My electric shock experience has had a huge influence on my home life and life in general. I am now incredibly aware of the dangers of electricity and the potential it has to devastate lives. This means my home is an electrical safe zone and making it a haven for my little boy, Cooper, is always high on my agenda.

I also had a pretty life changing experience as a child. When I was 5 years old, I was swimming in the family pool when I started struggling and nearly drowned as a result. Again, my father was on hand to bring me back around from what was an incredibly scary experience for all of us. In a funny way, though, that day shaped my life, as my parents were determined to make me safe around water and a strong swimmer.

So here are some tips and tricks for mums to use around the home to make sure that they keep their little ones safe.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Plug guards

I would recommend getting plug guards to stop your little ones from trying to squeeze their fingers and various objects into the holes. This offers me great peace of mind and stops me worrying about the multitude of things that Cooper could get up to otherwise.

Electrical cables

It is also a great idea to keep electrical cables out of harms reach – so cable ties and covers are a good idea. In keep cables neat and tidy means little hands can’t pull down appliances from a work surface above – think kettle of boiling water!!

Test and tag electrical equipment

A regular check of your electrical equipment is a must! A frayed cable or dodgy connection and numerous other potential faults can cause electric shock and worse.

WATER AND SWIMMING SAFETY

At home, we are lucky enough to have a pool in the backyard and, as you might imagine, I’m keen to let my little boy, Cooper, experience how much fun being in the water and swimming can be. However, following my own ordeal as a little girl, I certainly have a lot of measures in place to ensure his safety.

Pool guards, safety rings and buoyancy aids

I would recommend to anyone with a pool that they fit it with pool guards, a pool cover and have safety rings and buoyancy aids on standby. It may sound a bit over the top, but it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.

Swimming lessons

I would also suggest that swimming lessons are a great idea – so whether that means unleashing the Olympic swimmer inside you or taking your kids to one of many swim schools around Australia – swimming lessons make a huge difference to confidence and safety around water.

Water temperature at home

That reminds me – not so much about swimming water, but water in general. Another great idea, which I have implemented in my own home, is to make sure that water temperature is turned down to 40 degrees or lower, to avoid any potential scalding.

I hope you enjoy my tips and tricks for keeping little ones safe around the home : ) Feel free to share this article with anyone who you  think may find it useful.

Love, Brooke x

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Brooke Hanson – Rising above the odds

Article : Baby Universe
Incredible inner strength and an unbreakable spirit to win – Just some ways you could describe Brooke Hanson – The former golden girl of Olympic swimming and Australian sport.

Brooke is an inspirational mother, business woman, ambassador of causes close to her heart and continues to be a source of admiration for women throughout Australia – several years after the end of her sporting career. And what a sporting career it was.

Following a host of disappointments and narrowly missing out on making the Olympic squad for both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, Brooke’s determination paid off, as she reached the pinnacle of her career in 2004.

Brooke claimed Gold and Silver medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and then followed this up with 6 more gold medals at the World Short Course Championships. Five of those six gold medals were achieved in individual events, something that had never been seen before at a big international race meeting.
Brooke went on to win further honours, including a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Having such powerful traits to win however does not always relate solely to sporting excellence – but life itself. In 2007, Brooke was swimming in a swim spa – a small pool that produces a strong current to swim against – fulfilling her duties for her sponsors at the time. Shortly after exiting the pool, tragedy struck as Brooke collapsed to the floor. She had received an electric shock – an event which subsequently brought an end to her glittering swimming career.
For anyone who has followed Brooke’s story since 2007, they will know she has faced more ups and downs than most people experience in a lifetime. This included the incredibly sad death of her son Jack, at just 9 months of age, following his battle to survive after being born 12 weeks premature, weighing just 663grams, severely growth restricted and only 32cm long.
Her resilience and determination to keep smiling and to raise awareness of the issues that have touched her life however have never wavered.
She is an ambassador of both Life’s Little Treasures Foundation (Supporting families of premature and sick babies) and Jim’s Test & Tag (Australia’s leading electrical test and tag organisation).
Jim’s Test & Tag, for example, have one aim – the same aim that drives Brooke’s support of the company – to ensure that every time someone goes to work, they return safely to their family and loved ones at the end of the day.

Brooke hopes that by highlighting her own experiences, attention can be brought to where the real importance of electrical safety lies.“I hope that my continued support of Jim’s Test & Tag, alongside the fantastic work they do as leaders in electrical test and tag, will continue to offer lifesaving benefits both now and for the long-term”, stated Brooke.

If this article and others like it make just one more person pick up the phone, or prompt their loved ones to check that their employer has electrical safety high on the agenda, then it will be a success.

For more information contact Melinda Gibbs on email melinda@realizeonline.com.au or phone 1300 90 58 20.

Source : http://www.babyuniverse.com.au/news/brooke-hanson-rising-above-the-odds/

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Journey from water baby to Olympian

By  MANIKA DADSON ( The Examiner)

WHEN Olympic gold medallist Brooke Hanson was three she almost drowned – twice.

She had been on a family holiday with her parents on the central coast of New South Wales and being a “water baby” had worked her way to the pool.

“Dad had to drag me up coughing and spitting,” Hanson said.

It was then that her parents decided to enrol her in swimming lessons.

“That was the best decision mum and dad ever made,” the swimming star said.

Hanson was in Launceston yesterday speaking at the Tasmania AUSTSWIM Aquatic Conference at the Door of Hope.

The conference was attended by about 100 AUSTSWIM teachers and coaches who listened to Hanson’s inspiring speech and engaged in practical activities around water safety skills, to help decrease the number of drownings in Tasmania.

“Now that I have a 3 1/2-year-old, I can’t imagine how frightening that (drowning episode) could have been for my parents,” Hanson said.

“A lot of people say that six months is too early to start kids in swimming lessons, but I started my firstborn Cooper then and that got him used to the water.”

As well as talking about the benefits of starting children early on their swimming journeys, Hanson also spoke about her own swimming career.

At five years old Hanson won her first race, a 15-metre doggie paddle – “but I swam breaststroke,” Hanson said.

Twenty-one years later, she won a gold medal in the 4×100 metre medley relay and a silver in the 100 metre breaststroke at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

That same year, she won six gold medals at the 2004 FINA World Short Course Championships in Indianapolis.

But success didn’t just happen for Hanson.

“I missed out on making the 1996 and the 2000 Olympics by a fingernail,” she said.

“I had a lot of knockers telling me, you’re too old, you’re too slow you’re never going to make it.

But then there was a positive voice inside of me that said, don’t ever give up on your dream, you will be an Olympian.”

After accomplishing that dream, Hanson tells everyone “embrace the day, believe in your dreams and never, ever give up because I can say that dreams really do come true if you believe, listen to your inner voice and never give up”.

Source :
http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1512137/journey-from-water-baby-to-olympian/

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Clark Rubber partners with Brooke

Clark Rubber partners with Olympian Brooke Hanson

Retail chain Clark Rubber has teamed up with former Olympic swimmer Brooke Hanson to launch a community service announcement to promote pool safety.

The 30 second tv message includes safety tips for families and features the Clark Rubber platypus Clarkee.

Gary Nye, chief operating officer of Clark Rubber, said “As an Olympic swimmer, Austswim ambassador and mother, Brooke is the perfect figurehead to reinforce the importance of pool safety in the summer months.”

Hanson said “I hope my partnership with Clark Rubber will remind families of five simple rules for pool safety: parental supervision at all times, teach your kids to swim, protect your pool with secure fencing, create an emergency plan and sit down with your family to discuss the rules.”

 

Source: www.franchise.net.au/news

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Safety Tips for Keeping your Family Pool Safe

BROOKE HANSON AND CLARK RUBBER JOIN FORCES TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY POOL SAFE THIS SUMMER

It’s a well-known fact that Australian families have a long standing love affair with the water, with the backyard pool an iconic piece of Australian life. As Aussie families across the country prepare for the pool season, the importance of staying safe in the water this summer is paramount.

To ensure Aussie families are SAFER around the pool this summer, Clark Rubber has teamed up with Olympic swimmer, Brooke Hanson, to promote some simple tips to ensure your time in the pool this summer is SAFER, and most of all, fun. “As an Olympic swimmer and a mother, safety by the water is one of my top priorities,” said Brooke Hanson.

“Whether you’re a strong swimmer, or just enjoy having a splash around in the pool, you can make sure your family remains SAFER this year by following Clark Rubber’s five quick tips.” Remember, not everyone can swim like Brooke Hanson, but you can have fun and be SAFER by following a few simple rules. Be sure to remain safe by keeping this checklist in mind:

Supervision – Users of the pool MUST always be supervised by an adult who is a competent swimmer and knows pool rules and emergency procedures. The supervisor must be in the poolsurroundings at all times.

AUSTSWIM – Have your children taught to swim by AUSTSWIM, teachers of swimming and water safety. Swimming and water safety skills help save lives and add to the enjoyment of your pool fun.

Fence – The area should have a secure fence surrounding the pool with childproof locks to guard against unsupervised swimming. The gates should be locked at all times. Faulty locks must be fixed immediately. Make sure there is nothing that can be climbed on to open the gate or get over the fence.

Emergencies – Be prepared for emergencies. Have a long pole, a ring buoy with a throwing line and a first aid kit close at hand. Keep emergency numbers handy. Get up to date training in lifesaving, first aid and CPR.

Rules – Establish pool rules and post them near the pool. Make sure all the family and friends know the rules. No exceptions!

To find out more about Clark Rubber’s pool safety tips, visit www.clarkrubber.com.au or call 13 8090 to contact your local Clark Rubber store.

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Message from Brooke & Jared Clarke

Earlier this year, we sadly said goodbye to our beautiful baby boy Jack who was born too soon.

Like most premature babies’ families, when Jack came into the world 12 weeks early, we had no idea of the journey we were about to take.

WEBSITE-OUT-OF-THE-POOL---15Thankfully we had an incredible support team (our ‘A Team’) – comprising family, friends, Monash Medical Centre staff and the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation – to surround us through the ups and downs of Jack’s 271 days of life and keep our spirits strong.

While our hearts are still hurting for the little man we all loved so much, we are looking forward to celebrating his short life and reflecting on the blessings and lessons he gave us when we Walk for Prems on October 28.

We are encouraging all our precious family and friends who have cared for Jack and us over the past 18 months to join us in the Walk for Prems to remember our baby and help other families experiencing this life changing journey.

Last year’s Walk was a hugely uplifting day and we are really looking forward to seeing an even bigger crowd at the starting line for 2012.

So why not come and join us for the day’s celebrations, register now at  the WALK FOR PREMS website

Love and light to all

Brooke & Jared xx

Source: http://www.lifeslittletreasures.org.au/walk/2012/10/lltf-ambassador-brooke-hanson-clarke/

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Brooke Hanson Guest Post – Kids Beds

Moving your toddler from a baby cot into a ‘Big Bed’ is a big change for the entire family. So when it was time, I made sure we made a big deal of such an important milestone.

My son Cooper had just celebrated his second birthday when I would be greeted each morning with a yell from his bedroom, “Mummy, I’m stuck!”.

As soon as he was awake he would start climbing the railings of his cot.

The morning that he got one leg over one side and was balancing on the top of the cot rail, I knew it was time.

My husband Jared, Cooper and I visited our local Sleepy’s store. Cooper got to lie on and try a ‘big boy mattress’ and then played in the kids’ corner whilst we made the final decision on what would be best for our son.

We were already set up with a single bed frame and trundle and we knew we wanted the best quality mattress we could get for our growing son (and his cousins and friends when they sleep over).

It was important to understand the mattress that he would be sleeping on for the next 10 years. From the age of 2 to 12 his body will go through a lot of change and that’s why it was vital to know that he would have the adequate support for his growing limbs as well as great back support.

We wanted a mattress that was comfortable, supportive but also had the durability to get Cooper through a very important stage of his life. As an athlete I understand a good sleep is imperative for body and brain development especially in growing bodies like my toddler.

The Sleepy’s staff were fantastic, answering all of our questions and giving us a greater understanding of the mattress that we liked. We were very happy to order two great quality single bed mattresses, with anti-microbial qualities.

Next step was shopping for linen. We took Cooper with us and allowed him to choose his sheets, blankets and doona cover – all themed around Cars, Lightning McQueen, bright blues, reds, trucks and fire engines (not forgetting a couple of the water proof mattress protectors).

The day the mattresses arrived we got very excited and made sure that Cooper was involved immediately. He helped make his bed and then got familiar with it, we let him play, jump and have lots of fun on his new bed.

Because of the awkward positions he was still sleeping in during the night I decided to put up a safety rail guard that attaches under the mattress and the slats. This also helped him still feel secure but gave him access to get in and out of bed on his own.

When it was ready for sleep time we told him how proud we were that he was in a big boy bed. I believe the positive talk in the lead up to the change made him feel very important and I knew immediately that he felt safe and comfortable.

The transition ran very smoothly and I have complete confidence that Cooper’s bed will take him all the way through his childhood. By the time of his 13th birthday he will be sleeping in something bigger, longer and again durable to get him through the teenage years.

Until then, the family can all rest easy with a quality night’s sleep on our mattresses from Sleepy’s.

For more information on a great quality mattress contact your local Sleepy’s store.

Source: http://www.sleepys.com.au/

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Olympian’s baby loses battle with chronic lung disease

Source : The Sunday Telegraph, April 08, 2012

Jack Hanson Clarke, baby son of Olympian Brooke Hanson dies

After a nine-month battle with chronic lung disease, the baby son of Olympian Brooke Hanson and her husband Jared Clarke has died.

“Our lovely angel, taken away too soon,” Ms Hanson said of little Jack in a written tribute for The Sunday Telegraph.

Ms Hanson spoke of her prematurely-born son’s “brave heart” and “amazing strength” and thanked the medical experts who fought so hard to keep him alive.

This is her story in Brooke Hanson’s own words:

On National Premmie Day last week, Jared and I sadly said our final farewell to our little boy Jack Hanson Clarke.

Jared and I were with Jack right to the end when he passed at 9.15pm on April 3, 2012, peacefully in our arms after a brave nine-month fight which saw him touch all of our hearts.

On July 8, 2011, to save losing him, I was rushed in for an emergency caesarean and delivered a baby boy, little Jack Hanson Clarke, who was born at 28 weeks, 12 weeks premature, weighing just 663 grams, severely growth-restricted and only 32cm long.

We kept hope for 271 days, alongside his wonderful team at the Monash Medical Centre’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, thriving off the amazing positive energy and well wishes from everyone we know, taking it one day at a time and staying strong through the ups and downs and doing everything we could to give our boy every chance.

In the end his severe chronic lung disease along with his pulmonary hypertension all became too much for his little body to bear and, despite his amazing strength, he lost his fight for life after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Jack called the shots right to the final hours and he let us know it was time. Jack has finally found some comfort without any tubes and monitors that have been his lifelines during his amazing journey.

He will forever remain in our hearts, always remembered as the Fighting Clarke.

Jack looked so cute, especially in his black and red Essendon Bombers beanie, his mini Australian boxing gloves and his Australian green and gold bandanna by his side.

Little Jack’s Corner (Bed 4, Bay 8) may have lost its most famous little resident … but he will always be remembered as the boy with the brave heart and that fighting Aussie spirit.

Our little angel, taken away too soon.

Our hearts are hurting, our tears are flowing for a little man who we all loved so much but little Jack was a boy who brought together so many people from our extended family and friends.

To the wonderful Monash staff – from doctors and nurses to administrators and baristas – you were Jack’s A-team. A massive thank you.

Jack was cared for by over 100 nurses and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being his guardian angels during his journey from 663g to 6.56kg.

We will miss all of the wonderful nurses but we will take comfort that the friendships we have made will last our lifetime.

To nurses Stacey, Clare and Nat: we love you, girls. We’ve told our son Cooper that you are the earth angels who handed our little Jack to the angels above.

Dr Atul Malhotra, you led our A-team and went above and beyond the call of duty, giving Jack every chance.

To Jack’s Fan Club, you have all been there every step of his nine months and to our family who loved him every day and night and supported us till the end – we will never forget what you have done.

The family will honour Jack’s life at a private service in Melbourne after Easter.

A donation to Life’s Little Treasures Foundation in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated by the family.

The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is an Australian charity which is dedicated to supporting the families of children born sick or premature.

I am honoured to be one of their ambassadors.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/national-news/

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Brooke Hanson’s Baby Miracle – ‘My Little Survivor’

Brooke Hanson’s eyes fill with tears as they rest on her tiny two-week-old son Jack. Her ‘little fighter’ entered the world 12 weeks prematurely via an emergency caesarean on July 8 at a featherweight 663g – after being warned he may be born a dwarf.

Doctors even described the serious ill premie’s outlook as a ‘nightmare’. ‘The last three months of my pregnancy were the most emotional,’ Brooke tells New Idea. The former Olympic swimmer Brooke, 33, and her husband of four years Jared Clarke are vowing to remain positive. ‘Every stage we get through is a blessing.’

For the full story, pick up this weeks New Idea, On Sale July 25th.

Source: New Idea