Ethan Moodie is expected to return home to Beerwah soon after fighting for his life.
Ethan Moodie is expected to return home to Beerwah soon after fighting for his life. Contributed

The guardian angel fighting alongside little Ethan

ETHAN and Harrison Moodie only met once for a couple of hours but it was enough to seal the bond of a lifetime.

The Sunshine Coast twins were born on July 13 at only 27 weeks, and were rushed to Brisbane.

Ethan had chronic neonatal lung disease and Harrison born with severe bleeds to his brain.

Knowing Harrison's time was limited the twins were allowed a few moments together to meet.

Their mother, Tara, said the brief time that they shared were so important.

"We have no idea why they were born so early but Harrison became his guardian angel that day," Tara explained.

 

Ethan Moodie was born at 27 weeks and is still battling in the children's ward. But he is expected to be home for Australia Day.
Ethan Moodie was born at 27 weeks and is still battling in the children's ward. But he is expected to be home for Australia Day. Contributed

Mum and bub have been in hospital for almost 170 days. The days quickly turned into weeks and months.

But step by step Ethan is fighting, Harrison's spirit clearly at his side, and is inching closer to returning to their Beerwah home.

"It has been pretty tough but as horrible as it is, we are one of the lucky ones, there are many worse off than us," she said sadly.

"The doctors told us he can be fixed and I joined a support group and saw many children come out the other side.

"Ethan is a strong little bugger, he has a lot of attitude and personality. He is in good spirits today (yesterday) which is good to see.

"It is just a matter of time before he can breathe on his own, he is getting stronger and stronger by the day. We have a goal of Australia Day."

 

Tara, Ethan and Daniel Moodie with Santa Claus.
Tara, Ethan and Daniel Moodie with Santa Claus. Contributed

The last six months have been a huge juggling act for the Moodie family.

Tara has stayed with Ethan through thick and thin, living at Ronald McDonald House. Her husband Daniel commutes every day back and forth to Beerwah to look after the dogs.

While no one wants to spend Christmas in a hospital ward, Tara said they received the most beautiful gift from a Sunshine Coast stranger.

"It was amazing. I'd come across from the house to see that the nurses had gone to town in his room," she said with the utmost gratitude.

"There were bears, clothes, toys, cards all around his bed, it was so lovely.

"One of which was from Josh, Sam and Michael Manly from the Coast. They donated 23 scentsy bear and one ended up with us.

"I ended up chatting with her to say thanks, it was such a nice thing to get from someone we didn't even know."



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