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‘Quite terrifying for any parent’: Retired rugby star Phil Waugh’s fight

Former rugby star Phil Waugh is encouraging people to join the fight for premature newborns born in Australia each year.

Mr Waugh will be leading the Miracle Moon Walk, a 10km walk around Sydney’s harbourside in honour of more than 48,000 babies born premature or sick each year.

The walk will raise money for the Miracle Babies Foundation, which supports families of premature and sick newborns.

The former Wallabies player’s son was in intensive care for 12 weeks and weighed only 970g within the first few days.

“Quite confronting when you have hopes of a healthy newborn and they come 13 weeks early, and at that weight, it’s quite terrifying for any parent.

“Every parent dreams of having their child and they are very excited to take them home a few days after birth, but these parents go home to their houses… without the baby.”

Mr Waugh’s son, Jack, is now a happy and healthy 14-year-old.

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