Maria Dima's gratitude to the staff at Mercy Hospital for Women will be expressed at a special evening she has organised to support the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The mother of two gave birth to her second child Tayla at Sunshine Hospital 30 weeks into her pregnancy on Saturday 28 June 2014. At the time Ms Dima, 38, suffered from HELLP Syndrome, a serious complication involving a combination of liver and blood disorders.
"My organs started to shut down and I had two seizures," Ms Dima said. "Both Tayla's and my life were at risk, it was quite severe and very traumatic."
After the birth, Tayla – weighing 1090g – was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital for Women, where she spent five weeks getting healthy.
On Saturday 30 May, 2015, Maria will host the Tiny Miracles Fundraiser in the Starlight Room at the Taylors Lakes Hotel with the aim of raising more than $30,000 for medical equipment in the NICU, including a new incubator.
The evening – which has been organised by Ms Dima, her sister-in-law Pat Tartaglia and friend Sarah Ferreira – will include a three-course meal, drinks, live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. Comedian Gabriel Rossi will also be Master of Ceremonies.
"When I see my daughter and all the work that the doctors and nurses do, I wanted to help other babies,'' Ms Dima said. "And this is my way of saying thank you.
"It's also been great how people have just jumped on board willing to help."
Ms Dima said the Pt Cook family – which also includes husband Ernesto and son Lawrence, 3 – was overjoyed with Tayla's progress.
"She's doing really well and all the doctors are saying she is ahead of where she is expected to be,'' she said.
For tickets please phone 0409 021 133. And for more information go to facebook.com/events/566066870205402/