FOR an agonising four-and-a-half minutes after he was born, Jacob Fischer's father waited for him to breathe.
With his wife still unconscious from the toils of labour and medical staff rushing around to his son's aid, four-and-a-half minutes lasted an eternity.
Jacob Mark Fischer, born to parents Richelle and Brendan on May 30 at 10.33pm, has experienced a tumultous start to life at only 19 days old.
As Mrs Fischer's pulse began to rise and bub's heart rate was rapidly increasing, the decision for an emergency C-section delivery became inevitable.
Doctors were alerted that mum and bub were suffering from Chorioamnionitis, an infection of the placenta.
We want to say thank you to everyone at Gladstone Base Hospital.
Mrs Fischer, who had experienced a relatively normal pregnancy up until the birth, remained unconscious as her newborn son was flown to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.
Little Jacob was then placed in the Special Care Unit, with a cold pad protecting his brain for three days.
Additionally, a heart problem meant odds were stacked against the newborn.
Remarkably, after a harrowing eight days in the Intensive Care Unit, young Jacob suddenly decided it was time for him and his family to return home to Gladstone.
"It was like he decided that he wasn't going to be sick anymore," said dad Brendan.
"Everything just started to fix itself."
Now settling in comfortably at home in Kin Kora, high praise was offered by the Fischer family to staff at Gladstone Base Hospital.
In particular Dr Nicki Murdock, Dr Adam Bush and Dr Nollsh Bozorgijooladehi, who remained by the infant's side for every second until he was transferred.
"If they didn't act as fast as they did, God knows what would have happened," he said.
"We want to say thank you to everyone at Gladstone Base Hospital. For a regional hospital, they have done an amazing job."