Hannah Noble will celebrate her 18th birthday on Australia Day.
Hannah Noble will celebrate her 18th birthday on Australia Day. Georja Ryan

Family has a reason to celebrate

FOR Hannah Noble and her family, Australia Day is more than just an excuse to whip out the patriotic outfits; it is a celebration of life.

On January 26, 18 years ago, Hannah took her first look at the world, but within two days, she was diagnosed with four different heart conditions.

Her mother, Gina Noble, was told Hannah had only a 30% chance of survival.

"As soon as she was born I knew something was wrong but the doctors wouldn't believe me," Mrs Noble said.

Hannah was fed through a nasogastric tube for the first two years of her life, and lived in a swamp of medications and medical appointments.

But it was the love from her parents and the fight in her heart that got Hannah through the tough years, and now she is a fit, healthy young adult.

"I really appreciate how hard my parents fought for me and that's why I am here, 18 years later," Hannah said.

Mrs Noble said it was as if the entire world was celebrating as Hannah was born.

"I was at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, and as soon as I went into labour the first lot of fireworks went off at Southbank, and then she was born at four minutes to midnight, and the second lot of fireworks went off as she entered the world," Mrs Noble said.

Australia Day will forever mark a special day for the Noble family; one that will create its very own fireworks.


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