DAILY STRUGGLE. Zac and Rene, with baby Xevi, have lost all their documents, certificates, personal items and their car.
DAILY STRUGGLE. Zac and Rene, with baby Xevi, have lost all their documents, certificates, personal items and their car. Trish Bowman

Robbed while son fights for life

HAVING a baby at just 27 weeks gestation is hard enough without having all your worldly possessions stolen while away, and that is exactly what happened to Zac Campisi and Rene Flanagan when baby Xevi made an early arrival.

Zac said it all happened in a whirlwind, with no time to spare as Rene went into early labour.

"Xevi was far too small so Rockhampton Base Hospital flew Rene and the bub to Brisbane straight away," Zac said.

"We were staying at the Lammermoor Apartments at the time so I rushed home to pack some clothes and dived into the car then drove down to Brisbane."

After two weeks in Brisbane staying at Ronald McDonald House, Zac said he came home to pack up their possessions as it was becoming obvious the couple could not afford to pay rent while having a lengthy stay in Brisbane to ensure the welfare of little Xevi.

"We had to let the unit go because we just couldn't afford it," Zac said."I put everything, including all our paperwork, documents, certificates and other personal keepsakes, in our other car for safe keeping.

"The manager at the apartments allowed me to leave the car at the units until I could make other arrangements."All I was thinking about was getting back down to Brisbane to be with Rene and our little boy."

Zac said after two months he arranged for a friend to collect the car but the friend was unable to start the vehicle due to a flat battery from sitting unused for so long.

"Three weeks after that I went with my friend to collect the car and found it was gone," Zac said."I contacted police and they have been investigating ever since, they have had some leads but so far they have not been able to find it."

Zac said the loss had left the couple devastated. He said they desperately want the vehicle and their possessions back.

"Right now we are temporarily staying with a friend's family, which is not ideal," Zac said."We need the car back to sell so we can manage because right now we have no job, no home, no possessions and are living day to day, which is really a strain."

The car was a 1986 VL Holden, beige with VL Calais rims and a Fusion sticker on the back.If anyone knows the whereabouts of the car or any of the couple's possessions, please contact Yeppoon Police.
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