Sa Togia with his wife Fia and new baby son Mataio at their destroyed Dianne Court, North Booval home on Friday.
Sa Togia with his wife Fia and new baby son Mataio at their destroyed Dianne Court, North Booval home on Friday. Sarah Harvey

An angel in a tinnie to the rescue

A LITTLE bundle of joy has brought some light into the life of a young family enduring one of its darkest times.

Forced to flee their home in Diane Court on Tuesday night, North Booval couple Sa and Fia Togia and their four children ended up taking shelter at a relative's house at Collingwood Park, only to become isolated when the floodwater rose.

Heavily pregnant and overdue to give birth to her fifth child, Mrs Togia was supposed to attend Ipswich Hospital for an important check-up, but a frantic drive around the area revealed there was no way out – except by boat.

It was in this time of desperate need that a complete stranger – an angel in a tinnie – appeared just in time to save the Togias from a potential tragedy.

Mr Togia said the man in the aluminium vessel took his wife across the other side of the floodwaters, where another family friend picked her up and later took her to Ipswich Hospital.

“I don't even know the guy or where he is,” Mr Togia said of the man in the tinnie.

“He just dropped us off and that was the last I saw of him.”

Little baby boy Mataio was born a healthy four kilograms (eight pounds 13 ounces) on Thursday, bringing an overdue smile to mum and dad's face.

The new mum was out of hospital and back walking around her North Booval neighbourhood Friday.

“I only went to the hospital for a check-up, but they asked if I wanted to have the baby there and then. I thought I may as well since I was already at the hospital,” she said.

A proud Mr Togia described young Mataio as “the bright light at the end of the tunnel”.

A small army of people were cleaning up the Togia's two-storey house after the water subsided last week.

The home was covered up to its roof in water which backed up from the Bundamba Creek on Wednesday morning.

Mr and Mrs Togia, their four sons and one daughter will stay with relatives at Raceview until they can sort through the massive task of cleaning what is left of their home.



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