Saoirse McCormick was born on 23 March 2012 at the RPA Hospital in Sydney. Saoirse arrived 16 weeks early weighing a very impressive 589g and spent the first 5 months of her life in the RPA Newborn Care Unit.
During her stay she had more than 10 blood transfusions (the first one being 10ml as she only had 40ml in her body), a perforated bowel, laser eye surgery, pneumonia and a viral infection to name but a few. Her stay at the RPA cost in excess of $1m.
Without the skill and dedication of the doctors, nurses and others at the RPA Newbown Care Unit, Saoirse and many other premature and very sick babies would not be with us today.
The RPA Newborn Care looks after more than 800 sick and premature babies each year. They provide intensive care services for babies born at RPA but also for babies transferred there from hospitals who don’t have the same high level of intensive care facilities.