106km Walk for Mater Little Miracles

By Jane Celis

We are raising much needed funds for a cause close to our hearts. The Mater Little Miracles.

Our twin boys were born prematurely at 27 weeks and if it was not for the care they received at The Mater then they would not have survived. Carlos weighed 774grams and Richard 1032grams.

We are walking 106km from Burleigh to Brisbane on May 29th to represent the number of days spent in the NICU. We will arrive in to the Mater on the day of Richard and Carlos 15th Birthday to give hope to parents that currently have premature babies in the NICU and to raise much needed funds.

Funds raised will help to purchase a Maternal Fetal Medicine Laser which can perform life saving procedures in- uterus this type of Surgery is more precise , quicker , tightly controlled and ultimately safer for the mother and her unborn babies.

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Walking with Friends

Saturday 22nd May

Walking with Friends

I love the saying friends are like Four leaf clovers hard to find and lucky to have.

I have been very lucky that in my life I have made many friends who I can honestly say are good friends. Each friend offers something different. There is the Sensible friend , the not so sensible , the party friend , the logical friend , the dramatic friend , the childhood friend ,the adult friend and the will do anything friend. All of these friendships need to be cherished , friends are always there for you and each friend offers support and love in their own unique special way. After all life would be very boring if we were all the same!

Richard and Carlos have been best buddies since Kindy with Ethan. Sam ,Ethans mum and my bestie  first met just over 10 years ago, we were laid next to each other in a Pilates class and started chatting (many would say we have not stopped talking since! ) In our conversations we found out that our boys were both starting at the same kindy in the January. We never actually got the kids together before this as at this point we were Pilates friends.

Richard and Carlos came home from Kindy and I remember Carlos said he had made a friend called Ethan and as it turned out it was Sams Ethan! 10 years on and they are still best of mates. I am so proud of the 3 boys they have totally committed to raising funds for The Mater and we have been in training for this walk for a couple of months now pounding the streets on a Sunday. One of the very special things of this walk is the memories that the boys are building of what I know will be many years of friendship. We have had some funny conversations along the way and these 3 special boys have certainly kept us entertained. 

I am very grateful to all friends who have supported us along the way and walking with friends certainly makes 106kms a walk in the park. I can also guarantee you Sam and I will not only be walking the distance but talking the distance.

5 Reasons why Friendships are Healthy
  1. They give you emotional support 
  2. Friends help to build your confidence
  3. They help encourage healthy behaviours
  4. Friends help reduce stress
  5. They push you to be your best
I will finish off with another beautiful quote from Misty Copeland.

Anything is possible when you have the right people to support you 



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Our Mater Story

Sunday 9th May
In 2005 John and I were very excited to find out we were expecting Identical twin boys !!
Under the care of Dr Carey on the Gold Coast we were going up to Brisbane fortnightly for ultrasounds as there was a chance of developing Twin to Twin Syndrome as the boys were sharing the same placenta.
Twin to Twin Syndrome occurs specifically in identical twins sharing the same placenta. It is estimated to occur in 5 - 10 % of identical twin pregnancies. In twin to twin the twins not only share the same placenta but the same circulation. This allows the transfusion of blood from one twin (the donor ) to the other ( the recipient ) . The donor twin becomes small and anemic , and the recipient twin becomes large and over loaded with blood.

Because the recipient twin has more blood, he / she also urinates more and has more amniotic fluid. The donor twin has less amniotic fluid, sometimes there is so little fluid that the fetus appears to be stuck in place on the wall of the uterus and this is known as stuck twin phenomenon. 

In our case Carlos was the donor and Richard the recipient.

At my 25 week scan everything was looking good. At 27 weeks I started getting pains so I paid a visit to Dr Carey who gave me a scan and could see that I had Twin to Twin and this was the beginning of the roller coaster ride of our lives !

I was admitted straight into Pindara Hospital and given Steroids as at 27 weeks the lung developments of babies are underdeveloped and steroids can help improve this. I was then immediately transferred to the Mater Mothers Hospital.

At The mater I had a scan with a Twin to Twin Specialist as The Mater leads the way in this area. The specialist said he could maybe perform Laser Surgery to split the placenta in half but due to the positioning of the boys it was not possible.

That night my membranes ruptured and I was given steroids for the boys lungs and drugs to stop the labour. On Thursday 1st June after a scan I was given an emergency caesarean as Carlos was in distress.

At 6.03pm Richard was born weighing 1032gr (2lbs 2oz ) and Carlos 774gr (1lb 11oz ) . As soon as they were born they were whisked away to the intensive care unit and I did not get to see them until I came out of recovery.

When we finally got to see the boys they were both so tiny and on ventilation . Richard was bright red from too much blood and Carlos very pale from not enough blood. It really was one big blur.

I will start with Richard after 24 hours on ventilation he was transferred to CPAP and was weaned of this by day 12 of life. Day 14 he was transferred over to the special care unit which they call the fat farm and he spent 63 days putting on weight. Before been discharged on 16th August he was operated on for bilateral herneas . Richard left the mater after 77 days weighing 2616 gr.

Carlos had a very rough time and truly is a miracle. After 24 hours Carlos was also put on CPAP, on day 4 however Carlos had swelling in the abdomen so he underwent an x - ray and they found he had a perforated bowel. I remember Dr Lucy Cooke coming to my room to tell me the only option for survival was surgery so of course we went with the surgery. Carlos was once again put on ventilation and after 4 days feeds were slowly introduced.

By day 28 once again Carlos  had a distended tummy and was producing green bile. An X - ray showed an obstruction of the bowel but unsure what the obstruction was Carlos once again underwent surgery. In the surgery they found multiple adhesions and milk curd stones. This is very rare and had occurred from milk been fortified. Some of these stones were removed which were like hard marbles but the operation was abandoned due to bleeding and Carlos was given a stoma.

After the operation we were told that Carlos would probably not make it through the night and maybe we should consider getting him christened. We declined as in our eyes it was like giving up and I was determined that Carlos would have a naming day with his brother later on as planned.

Carlos made it through the next crucial 24 hours but for days he made no progress and it did not look like he was going to get any better. He had numerous infections and gross inflammation and we lost count of the number of blood and platlet transfusions he received.

After 7 days the surgeon Dr Borzi decided to try flushing out the stones by inserting the solution they use when you have an X - ray in to the stoma and thankfully a few days after this started to take effect and the stones started to dissolve. Carlos spent another total of 30 days back on Ventilation before been transferred back on to CPAP.

By day 71 Carlos was back on full feeds which was all through a nasal tube but he was not gaining any weight due to the positioning of the stoma so on day 91 Carlos was back in for more surgery where the Stoma was replaced and back on ventilation for another 2 days before feeds could be reintroduced.

Carlos spent his 100 day old birthday in the hospital and the beautiful nurses came in with a cake and sang him happy Birthday. On day 106 Carlos was transferred to Pindara Hospital on the Gold Coast where he was sent to fatten up. At the end of September Carlos was allowed to come home.

The stay at home did not last long and a week later Carlos was re admitted to hospital as he could not keep his feeds down. Another operation also had to be performed for hernias.

I was lucky that while the boys were in the hospital The Mater found me accommodation right behind the hospital which enabled me to spend the whole 106 days by their sides.

We are very lucky to live in a country where we have hospitals like The Mater with so many talented and compassionate people. They helped us through our ordeal both clinically and emotionally and we will be forever indebted to the people of the mater and thank them for our beautiful boys.


Thank you to my Supporters

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Susan Heck

Well done Jane, such an awesome effort xx

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Megan Dowling

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Lin Evans

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Peter Fenton

All the best on the walk!

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Barbara Rudken

Good Luck Jane and the boys

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Jane Celis

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Ali Lopez

Carlos and Richard and Mater are amazing!!! Stay strong on your walk!!! You can do it!

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Liane Tuke

Happy walking to you all. It’s a wonderful thing you are aiming to do. Wish I could come and join you xxx

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Judy Meister

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Joanne Jenkinson

Good luck to you all. And well done on doing such a fantastic thing for the unit.

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Michelle Mcgeorge

Well done, beautiful family!

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June & David H

Hi Jane, great idea, bless. Hope you get your target and beyond x

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Sonya Wirth

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Nerang Services Australia

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Linda & John Crittenden

Great way to celebrate the boys birthday. Go for it. Linda and John xxx

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Cath Suter

Good luck to you all!

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A Smith

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Jodie

What an amazing story of courage. Happy birthday to your boys! And all the best with the walk

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Cindy Miller

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Anonymous

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Cherry Schneider

Such a worthy cause, so close to your hearts, good luck with your walk.

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Chris Greenup

Well done Sam, we’re all very proud of you supporting a great cause!!

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Heather Wilson

Go Sam Shoebridge :)

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Mum And Dad

Enjoy the walk and no doubt you and Sam will talk.

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Teresa Midson

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Lg Cc

Best wishes and prayers for this amazing Cause. From LGCC

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Jodie Josh & Jack Johnson

Jane , John and the boys we are all so grateful for what the Mater did for you all. We feel proud of your fund raising efforts. Amazing family.

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Alison Cole

Well done Jane and your fabulous team - you are amazing!

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Melissa And Peter Bianchin

Such an inspirational life story Jane. What beautiful miracles you have made in both Carlos and Richard. Such beautiful boys. Best of luck with your walk and your fundraising. Big hugs to you and your family. Xx

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Jane & Tony Mason

My! they have certainly grown into 2 handsome young men!

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Michelle Caliva

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The Kranenburg Family

Such an amazing cause! Good luck boy with the walk 💕💕

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Ryan O'connor

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Anonymous

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Abuelo Y Abuelita

bien hecho chicos, los amamos X

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Lara

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Kath And David Strafford

Well done with lots of love from Aunty Kath and Uncle David

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Margaret Marlin

What a great thing to do. Hope all goes well. XXX

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Karen Abram

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Shayne Crook

Congratulations 🎉 guys xxx

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Mitch

Well done on completing the 106kms

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Andrew Kirkwood

Great cause

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Robina Service Centre

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James Lawrie

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Janelle Erica Goodwin

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Lily And Robert Toh

Good work Jane.

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Mel

Well done Sam! Go for it. It's a great cause.

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Kerry Higgins

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Kobe

All the best with the walk this weekend!! We’ll be cheering you guys on.

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Kimi Green

You guys Rock 👏🏻🙏

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Joseph And Marie

Well done Jane and your boys, a great cause, we have experience with our nephew a premi at 23 weeks

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Marcelle & Elleisha

Congratulations on all your fund raising efforts Jane & family. Enjoy the walk. You’re inspirational xx

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Lea Cooper

Geoff and I wishing you all the best. Congratulations on your amazing effort X

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Jodie-louise

In complete awe of your commitment, energy, generosity, kindness and fundraising efforts Jane and John, Carlos and Richard to help make some more little “Mater Miracles”

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Erin Corlis- Thompson

Great cause! Good Luck all!

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Leanne P

Have a great time everyone!

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Angus And Hamish

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Scott Jepson

Well done!

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Maggie Hsieh And Francesco Brazzelli

Dear Celia Family Thank you for raising much needed funds for Mater’s NCCU. All the best with the walk. We look forward to welcoming you on Tue. Regards Maggie Hsieh, Senior Manager at Mater Foundation

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Kimberley

Go Jan and your beautiful boys!!! I know you guys will be make it. So exciting and proud of you and the boys!! Good luck and have fun!!

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Vesna Tomic

Congratulations all, wonderful achievement xo

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Hightea Fundraiser

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Angela Longland

Inspirational!! Congratulations on your fundraising.

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Lisa Gilbert

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Kathy Suter

Good luck to you all. Such an incredible thing to do.

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Amanda Mcphee

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Jacinta Heuston

Well done Jane, boys, Sam and Lauren. Not far to go now. Massive effort very impressed by your efforts.

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Ann Porter

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Phillips Family

Well done boys & Jane We’ve been with you since the beginning & are always here for you. All our love, Care, Andy, Dani & Sam x

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Sian Graham

🙏💕

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Steve Gill

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Louise Allen

Well done to you all!

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Aly

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Vicky Spires

WOW what an achievement for such a amazing cause. So many families with benefit from your fantastic fund raising walk. Incredible to see how tiny & poorly Carlos & Richard were but this will give so many families hope. They certainly have grown into fine young men! Love to you all Vicky & Kevin xxx

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Glenys

Family is everything

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April

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Kim Hudson And Petrina Hands

Inspirational to see you all on day one ... keep going !

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Teresa Brown

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Patricia Dove

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Kaye Fox

GO SAM WE LOVE YOU!!!@ LOVE THE FOXS

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Allison Botzer

Amazing effort by you all. 🙌🏻

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Power

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Alison

I work with Sam. Good luck on your epic walk

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Adrian Graham

Best wishes to all involved.

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Anonymous

So inspiring! Good luck!

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Zara Celis

Well done everybody you did an amazing job

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Kerry Ward