THEO Smith is running around, starting to talk and getting into mischief just like any other 20-month-old boy.

You can see Theo's parents, Dean and Jenny, beam with pride at their active little man. The Rockhampton couple are thankful he is here.

Theo was born premature and weighed 660g; his twin Imogen weighed 630g, but after weeks of fighting she didn't survive.

Dean and Jenny suffered heartache losing one of their babies, but the couple are forever grateful that Theo survived and he is happy and healthy.

After 122 days in hospital, Theo went home on oxygen for a year.

The family are throwing their support behind this year's Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal.

Jenny said the family was thankful to the Mater Foundation, which used its funds for research projects and lifesaving equipment for seriously ill and premature babies.

"This is really important to us, if it wasn't for the Mater Foundation we wouldn't be here with our little boy," Jenny said.

"He is walking and talking and we get to see him reach all of his milestones."

IGA has teamed with the Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal and is selling merchandise to raise money.

Last year around 265 babies were retrieved from Central Queensland. These children had severe or complicated medical conditions, which often required specialised life-saving care that only health care facilities like the Mater can provide.

The Mater Foundation is hoping to raise $1million in Queensland during the appeal.


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