A Benalla boy will start school next year after surviving being delivered three months early.ANGELA TOWNSEND November 29, 2012 4:59am
For young Joshua Reed, finishing kindergarten and heading off to school is a massive milestone and one his parents, Kristin and Tim, thought they may never see.
Watching Josh, who turns six next month, playing with his kinder mates there is no inkling of the tough battle he fought after being born an incredible three months early.
Five-year-old Joshua Reed with kinder teachers Marlene Holt and Lisa Mim.
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Ventilated for the first 25 hours of his life, Josh’s left lung collapsed, seeing him attached to a breathing machine for a further six weeks.
Baby Josh battled a series of lung infections, spending seven weeks in a humidicrib, and a total of nine weeks in the Mercy’s neo-natal unit. It was three days before his parents could touch him in his special crib, and five days before he experienced his first cuddle.
Joshua was transferred to Wangaratta in early February and was finally taken home four weeks later, at a healthy full-term weight of 3
Mrs Reed said it was a big milestone to send her first child off to school.
Mr Reed has two older sons, Calape and Logon (now 13 and 12 respectively), and the couple has since added to the family with Cooper, 3, and Kiara 2.
Mrs Reed said that while Cooper was born a healthy full-term, Kiara made her arrival at 30 weeks, luckily with none of the problems her big brother experienced.
‘‘Josh’s done two years at kinder because I wasn’t ready to let him go .
‘‘I didn’t think we’d have him one hour, let alone this long.’’
Mrs Reed, who is currently Bernard Briggs Kindergarten president, said the school better be prepared for lots of involvement.
‘‘I’m just not going to let go easily after that,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s hard enough for any parent to send their child to school — but when you’ve had a shaky start, it’s a bit more of a challenge.’’
As for Josh, he hasn’t looked back. And now he is counting down the days to starting at Benalla 31 next year, saying his favourite subject is ‘‘drawing’’.
The budding artist experienced another milestone the night before meeting with the Ensign — he lost his first tooth and was excited to find a gold coin and note from the tooth fairy.
Kinder staff agree with Mrs Reed that Joshua is a ‘‘beautiful child’’; quietly confident and a pleasure to be around.
‘‘He’s got a brilliant sense of humour,’’ teacher Marlene Holt said. ‘‘We’re going to miss him a lot.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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