Leigh Harding played 141 games with the Kangaroo football club until he retired in 2010, then joining the VFL club, Werribee Tigers, as a player and back line coach whilst completing his Degree in Exercise Science. On completing his degree in 2012 Leigh and his family moved to Brisbane when Leigh was appointed Development & Reserves Coach with the Brisbane Lions, a role he is thoroughly enjoying. In 2011 Leigh and his wife Stacey had a prem baby girl, born at 26.5 weeks due to sudden onset of severe pre-eclampsia – she weighed a tiny 638g, 13 weeks too soon! In mum Stacey’s words:
“No one could have prepared us for the journey we were about to embark”
“Milla was born at at the Monash Medical Centre by emergency c-section where she then spent her first 10 days in NICU, then spent her remaining 92 days in NICU and SCN the Mercy for Women. Milla was so tiny but so strong and determined she has done so well throughout her journey, without any major setbacks, she came home with us on her due date 11th January 2012. She has a small heart condition, and ASD with mild hypertension and will require surgery to correct when she is a little older. She is still tiny for her age at 15 months corrected still only weighing just over 6kg, however she is a very determined little girl with no developmental delays. We feel so very lucky to have such a beautiful little girl and that she has gone from strength to strength. We want to do what we can do to help support other families and raise awareness of premature birth and the work of the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation who do a wonderful job supporting families with premature and sick babies like Milla.
We are absolutely honoured to be a part of the Foundation as Ambassadors, and are very passionate about raising awareness of the importance of the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation and the amazing work they do around Australia. Having the right support, friendship and information for any family, going through the rollercoaster journey of having a premature or sick baby, is an absolute must and it really does make a difference. It did for us!”