News

Baby Luca thriving after life saving surgery

Luca pictured with his mother Laura Hurley.
Luca pictured with his mother Laura Hurley. John Gass

FOR the first time in nearly two years, Laura and Tony Hurley had a full night's sleep on January 24.

Before that, they slept on a knife's edge, on the alert for baby son Luca who suffered from trachea cardia, where his heartbeat would race to 300 beats a minute.

Born with a hole in his heart, one so large that surgeons had to operate on him at the tender age of five weeks, he contracted bronchiolitis that weakened his tiny body.

The open heart surgery went well, but in transit to the normal ward a line had to be removed which unexpectedly caused a massive bleed, according to his parents Laura and Tony.

Laura and Tony Hurley with Luca
Laura and Tony Hurley with Luca John Gass

"It took 45 minutes of CPR to save him, then 10 days on life support," Mrs Hurley said.

Little Luca suffered global brain injury as a result and now has cerebral palsy and cortical vision damage, a condition where his eyes can see, but his brain cannot register what he sees.

On January 24, he underwent heart surgery.

"The successful operation took nearly eight hours," said Mr Hurley.

"We waited with bated breath for him wake and when he did, he smiled.

"Then we knew he was okay and there was no further damage to his heart.

"We are over the moon.

"A huge weight has lifted from our minds.

"His cheeks are pink for the first time and his lips so red he looks like he's wearing lipstick," Mr Hurley laughed.

"We are so happy."

Luca turns two in May, but doesn't walk yet.

"He gets very frustrated," Mr Hurley said.

"He wants to be moving around, but we have to take things gently and slowly as his breast plate heals.

"His little body isn't ready for walking, but soon there will be no holding him back."

Last September, the people in the village of Cabarita opened up their hearts and wallets to raise money for Luca's weekly therapy.

They raised $20,000.

"We are blessed in having this beautiful little boy and in receiving such kindness from so many people," Mr Hurley said.

Topics:  baby health heart illness



Chinderah servo for Christmas

FILL 'EM UP: The new Caltex service station facility is on the corner of the Pacific Hwy and Tweed Valley Way at Chinderah.

New service station is almost ready to open its doors.

Dreamworld ready for 'respectful' reopening

Craig Davidson, CEO of amusement theme park Dreamworld.

Every ride has undergone 'rigorous' program of testing

Local Partners

Employers key for youth jobs in the Tweed

Skillsroad Show hopes to give a boost to youth employment.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Cooly sings out for carols

Santa gets ready to skydive into the Coolangatta Christmas Carols on Sunday, December 13. Photo: Scott Powick Daily News

Santa dropping in for Christmas Carols at Coolangatta

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

The first Baywatch trailer is here, and it's hilarious

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

DWAYNE Johnson and Zac Efron star in TV series reboot.

Sir Mick Jagger a dad again at 73

Mick Jagger... dad again at 73

Ageing rocker obviously still getting Satisfaction

How 'fat' author kicked the kilos

Author James Larkin believes that sensible eating results in better health, weight loss and increased happiness.

Retired journalist changed his attitude to eating, and lost 40kgs

Horse haven on big acreage in Murwillumbah

55 Glencoe Road, Murwillumbah

Check out this week's feature property.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!