Couple offer a toast to the memory of little Ada
THEY barely had a chance to say hello, when it became time to say goodbye.
Josh and Aimee Collins knew from the 19-week scan their daughter was probably going to die from an as-yet undetermined degenerative condition.
Instead of taking the available option of termination, the brave couple decided they really wanted to meet her.
"We don't really know what was wrong, we may never know what was wrong with her," Mr Collins said.
They went through the full 40-week pregnancy, knowing the precious first child they were awaiting wouldn't be able to stay with them long.
"They gave us the option of terminating, but that was never really an option for us," Mr Collins said. "We took the approach we wanted to meet her. It was really important to meet her.
"I feel sorry for people who have stillborns as they don't have time to prepare themselves. We managed to get a good 20 weeks before she was born as a chance to readjust our expectation, and that of our family too.
"It would have been so much harder not knowing."
The couple were warned that because of the baby's condition, it was possible she could be born without a nose.
But when Ada Elizabeth Grace Collins was born at Brisbane's Mater Hospital on March 12 last year, she was beautiful.
"Aimee was worried about the nose, but when she was born she had one, although it wasn't overly pronounced," Mr Collins said.
From birth, Ada was hooked up to a ventilator, and the couple only had one week to share with their daughter.
But this provided them with a lifetime of memories to cope with the devastating heartache of allowing the life-support to be turned off, when it was time for her to go.
"On our last night, the amazing pediatrician at the Mater came and told us there was nothing much more they could do," Mr Collins said.
"They had tried everything and she was not going to get better and we discussed reducing the level of care the next day.
"We knew it was going to be a hell of a night, knowing the next day we would withdraw care. But half an hour later Ada excubated herself, she took the tube out herself.
"We got to take her up to our room at Mater and have a little night with her together."
Ada died knowing only love in her short life.
One year later the couple have come up with an innovative way to honour their precious little girl at the anniversary of her death.
They have brewed a "karma keg" of special beer called Ada's Ale in collaboration with Fortitude Brewing Company.
It will be sold from tomorrow at a new Alexandra Headland "gastropub" inspired by little Ada, Black Bunny Kitchen.
They chose the name because around Ada's birth she was given a lot of bunnies.
Tomorrow's proceeds from the tapping of the "karma keg" will be donated to Mater Little Miracles and the Mater Bereavement Support. After that, $1 from each glass sold will be donated.
Aimee won't be able to share in the ale because she is 16 weeks pregnant.
Ada's Ale will be tapped this Saturday, March 28 from 3pm at Black Bunny Kitchen.
100% of the proceeds from the karma keg will be donated to Mater Little Miracles and the Mater Bereavement Support.
Every other day while Black Bunny Kitchen has Ada's Ale to sell, $1 from every glass will also be donated.
Please support Black Bunny this Saturday in remembering Ada, enjoying craft beer and helping Mater Little Miracles
Don't know what a karma keg is?
The bar (Black Bunny Kitchen) puts on a new keg of Ada's Ale at 3pm on Saturday 28th March.
Customers then pay whatever price they think appropriate for a glass of Ada's Ale and all of the money paid is donated to charity until the keg is gone.
Hopefully this "charitable donation" for a beer brings the customer some good karma and raises awareness and funds for the charities.