Sarah Basha

Race for Grace

Help Isaac give back!

My husband Christopher and I are fundraising for The Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. We're doing this for our baby boy Isaac who was born on the 15th of January 2020 and called the Grace Centre his home for 3 months.

Isaac was diagnosed prenatally with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, at only 12 weeks into my pregnancy. Isaac’s diaphragm did not completely develop in the womb, leaving a gap and pushing some organs into our little man’s chest cavity resulting in the compromised growth of one lung. With countless scans, appointments and meetings the pregnancy was closely monitored. Survival rates during my pregnancy sat between 50%-70%. The pregnancy felt like it went on forever. We continued to stay positive (some days easier than others) and had faith that we would give this little human every fighting chance we could.

At 37 weeks Isaac was born to a room of about 20 people, mid-wives, doctors, nurses, all ready to intubate Isaac with a breathing tube and take him away to the NICU where his greatest battle in life would begin.

At 2 days old Isaac had his major surgery, a 2-4 hour surgery turned into the longest 6 hours of our lives. The hernia was successfully repaired. It wasn't smooth sailing, but Isaac was in the best possible care at The Grace Centre. Isaac is our warrior baby and we just know that the strength and resilience that he's shown at the beginning of his life proves how strong he is and will continue to be.

So to the surgeons that operated on Isaac, Dr Catherine Langusch, Dr Gordon Thomas and team - thank you. You saved our sons life. If it wasn't for your knowledge, expertise and skills, along with the advancement of modern medicine, our son wouldn't have ever had a chance. It’s scary to think that not that so long ago, babies with CDH would never have even survived.

To the Nurses and Doctors at The Grace Centre (too many to even name) - you have become our extended family. We are forever in your debt. You kept our boy alive. It honestly takes a special kind of person to work at The Grace, and each of you are exactly that, special. You've hugged me in corridors while I've been in tears but also managed to make us laugh and smile every single day we’ve been by Isaac’s side.

I’m so grateful to live in a country where regardless of social status, income, background or religion each and every baby has access to the world-class healthcare. You never imagine yourself sitting in an intensive care unit with your child and I wish you never have to. But, knowing that this level of care is available to anyone who may ever need it should bring a huge relief to anyone who is starting their family.

This cause is incredibly close to our hearts. Any donation, no matter how big or small will be greatly appreciated. This is the only way Chris and I could think of giving back to the ward that is taking such incredible care of Isaac. All money raised will go directly to the Grace Centre.

The personal messages of love…

To our family – We love and appreciate you so much. Thank you for praying for our boy every single day. Thank you for loving us and supporting us in every decision we’ve made. Thank you for watching Eloise and making sure she felt extra loved as I whisked away to the hospital every day. All the strength Chris and I have comes from each of you.

To our friends - Thank you for all messages, calls and the meals! Although we have been pretty terrible at getting back to every single person, just know that we appreciate you all so much and are so grateful to have an extended network of love and support around us.

Finally to my husband – No words I put together will ever show my appreciation for you. You are the true definition of a life partner. Your strength and positivity has gotten me through the past year. Thank you for carrying me on your shoulders on the days I didn’t think I could carry myself. Isaac and Eloise are so lucky to have you as their Dadda.

Sarah x

Thank you to my supporters

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Joseph Basha

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Sakkal Family

To Chris and Sarah Sending all our love, support and strength everyday . Isaac and your family are in our Prayers Always xXxx Sakkal Boys, Ladies and families xx

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Rising High Development

We love you so much little man. Can't wait to see you join us on the job-site. Love your biggest fans x

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Ted And Margaret Basha

We are thinking and praying for Isaac and the family. Lots of love Aunty and uncle xxxx

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Renee Whitehead

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Benjamin Ayoub

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M&v Z

With so much love and respect xxx

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Serena & Shane

Such a great cause ! The team at westmead has taken such good care of little Isaac ! Can’t wait to hug him ! Xx

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Joel And Danielle Green

Our prayers and love go out to you and your family xx

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Peter & Annie Chedid

Sending you all so much love. Isaac is so blessed to have such amazing parents and that’s what is keeping him strong everyday. Always in our prayers. The Chedids xx

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Tracy & Chris Seaman

Sending you all so much love and prayers for Isaac

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What Does A Horse Do ?

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Charles And Agnes Nasr

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Chris And Grace Murace

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Esh, Fibi And Elijah Dirou

We’ve been praying for Gods grace upon your son, to protect, heal him and bless him. This was something so close to our hearts specifically as it is you guys, but also because the love and respect we have for Michael, Jane and the rest of your family. May God always protect you, bless you and give you strength through this journey towards recovery little Isaac. In the Bible, Sarah and Abraham were told that they will bare as son who then became the second patriarchs of Israel. His name means laughter and was a miracle child. Later in life, Isaac as a father is trialed for his faith and obedience and God asks him to sacrifice his own son. Despite the pain, anger, angst and frustration Isaac felt, he obeyed. As he lifted his knife to end his sons life, an angel intervened and told him to stop. God showed Isaac that the ultimate sacrifice would not be his burden to bare but was made through Christ our savior ultimately. Here Isaac was saved from loosing his son and likewise Gods mercy and grace has been shown upon Isaac because of you Sarah, your husband, Jane, Michael, and the rest of your families. We felt that this story in someway resonates with the trials and tribulations that you have faced lately and hope that this will give you strength, support and encouragement to keep going as your little angel has. Like Isaac in the Holy Bible, your little Isaac is a miracle baby too. Lots of love, Esh, Fibi and Elijah

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Eva And Dimitri

So moved by your story. So much love and respect for you and your beautiful family.

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Mamani & Baba

We love you so much our strong boy x

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Miki& Maria Lendvai

We send all our love and support.

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Paul And Diane Sammut

May they continue to work miracles With all our love and prayers

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Simon, Tracey & Mason Gauci

Sending all of our love and support. Stay strong xx

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Melissa And Guill Cronje

We send all our love and support 😘 thinking of you all everyday xx Stay strong Isaac 💙

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Noosh Bhatti

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Anonymous

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Sepi & Saba Zare

Praying every day for our little fighter! We love you all so much x

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Isabelle Mcculloch

Sending hugs and kisses 😘

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Anonymous

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Jaxson Mcculloch

Soccer buddies for life ⚽️ 💙

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Narwene Saifain

Dear Sarah & Chris God bless you guys and your beautiful hearts. Xx

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Alfred And Sam

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Anonymous

To our darling hero Isaac joon. You are in our prayer. Keep going mate we are so proud of you🥰😘🥰💕

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Ryan And Dee Sammut

Sending you all our love and support always xx

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Leanne & Kev Lewinsky

Sending you all so much love and strength!! Love Leanne and Kev

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Habib & Shadia Shalala

God bless

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May Rahmani

Love you!

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Anonymous

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Peter & Keira Borg

Supporting you and sending our love every single step of the way 💙💙

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Ela Dashti

Always my choss. Love you and baby Isaac.

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Haley & Anthony Vallone

We wish you guys nothing but strength during this time and into the future💖

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Hair To A T

Wishing Isaac a healthy, and full life. X

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Cristie Trimarchi

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Evelyn Santoro

Lots of love to you, and well done to the team at the Children’s Hospital Westmead xx

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Aimee Aoun

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Laura Salim

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Alyce Wilson

Love and kisses to you and your family

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Vyna Keo

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Sarah Basha

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Andrea Caldwell

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Ava Avvali

Sending lots of love and strength!

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Paria H

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Nina Tilaka

Prayers and love are with you and your beautiful family xxx

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Yasmine Parker

Sending you all the strength in the world. You are amazing parents and I can’t even imagine being in your position. Hoping for Isaacs recovery very soon. Much love to you all.

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Rhys Leppard

Sarah, Chris - I hope you and your little family are doing well. I've been thinking of you all. All the best for little Isaac. xx

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Sarah Basha