Little battler defies odds
WHEN Dylan Stone entered the world weighing a little more than 460 grams, his parents were told to prepare for developmental and health problems.
But yesterday the extroverted little boy was just another five-year-old eagerly exploring his new classroom at Ipswich Grammar School, alongside 32 other ‘preppies’.
Mother Paula Stone said her son had shown no signs of separation anxiety, happily mixing with his new classmates.
“He loves school, being around other people and having the opportunity to socialise and learn,” Mrs Stone said.
“He just thrives in a group environment.”
The little boy was born 13 weeks early on September 1, 2005 at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.
At the time of his birth he weighed just 463 grams, with his mother having to wait 17 days to hold her new born son.
“It makes me a bit teary still when I see the home video of our first cuddle,” Mrs Stone said.
“I know how it ends and that he is fine, but I still get emotional watching it.”
Mrs Stone said, miraculously, Dylan showed no ill effects from his early arrival, his tiny frame and small stature the only clue that he isn’t every bit as ‘normal’ as other children his own age.
“He is the healthiest little kid,” she said.
“He is so full of life.
“We keep in touch with the other premmies and you hear about the problems they have had.
“Some of them are still on oxygen and have had delayed milestones learning how to walk.
“It makes you really grateful.”
She said when she and husband Craig thought back to when their son was first born, it was difficult for them to believe their little boy had now started school.
“It is hard to imagine him at this stage, when we think back to when we were first singing to him and talking to him,” Mrs Stone said.