News

Moving farewell to tiny Max

WHEN Chloe Mullins and Jac Cadman held their precious son Max Lucas in their arms for the very first time, they knew it was a moment they had to cherish while they could.

As they cradled the tiny baby in their arms, the couple were preparing to farewell the son they had been blessed with for just two days.

Miss Mullins went into labour at just 26 weeks after haemorrhaging while pregnant with not only Max but his two brothers, Bodie Ross and Zach Angus.

The triplets were born via emergency caesarean at the Mater Women and Children's Hospital on June 21.

Just a week later, the family gathered for the funeral of baby Max, who was given the only name the couple had picked before the birth.

"We decided that since he was the smallest, he would have our favourite name, which was Max," Mr Cadman said.

The doting dad said the news that his smallest son was losing blood and in trouble two days after his birth was crushing.

"We went to see him and looking at him he was okay but he wasn't doing well on the inside at all," he said.

Mr Cadman said the loss of a child is something from which you will never recover and the couple knew the road to delivery was not going to be an easy one.

An ultrasound early in the pregnancy revealed there was a second baby tucked inside Miss Mullins' womb. Before the couple could overcome the shock of twins, they were given the news that they had naturally conceived triplets.

Zach and Bodie are getting stronger and despite the devastating loss of their brother, their parents say they are doing well.

"The boys are great and it's hard because you're grateful to have these two little boys but there is also this cloud over you because you know there is one who is not where he is meant to be," Miss Mullins said.

Although the first time the couple got to hold one of their triplets was to say goodbye, Mr Cadman said there are plenty of "happy cuddles" shared between the remaining family members.

The triplets are little brothers to the couple's daughter, Isabelle, 3, who got to cuddle her brother during some of his last moments.

Miss Mullins is expected to stay in hospital for about the next 12 weeks and hopefully by then the babies will be strong enough to come home.

The babies' birth details: Bodie - 1110g, 40cm; Zach - 1030g, 35cm and Max - 940g, 37cm.

Topics:  premature babies, triplets




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

SES: Meet our everyday heroes

REACHING GREAT HEIGHTS: The New South Wales State Emergency Service is voluntary organisation made up of regular members of the community.

The volunteers at the forefront of life and death emergencies

Spanish firm to build new bridge

BRIDGING THE CLARENCE: State Minister for Roads Duncan Gay (centre), Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan surrounded by the people who will work to complete the Harwood Bridge project by 2019.

International firm successful Harwood Bridge tenderer

Lack of doctors and infrastructure an ongoing concern

Don't have a heart attack on a Friday says Dr Tyson

Latest deals and offers

Grafton City SES Training

Grafton SES unit controller Adam Jarrett explains the process involved in being an...

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances