WHEN NIKITA Baxter held her healthy baby boy in her arms for the first time, she thought of all the times she was told by doctors she wouldn't be able to have children.

But yet again the Rockhampton 20-year-old, who has battled spina bifida all her life and has a tumour on her brain, has proven the odds wrong.

Nikita suffers from a rare case of spina bifida that saw a 48cm tumour develop inside her spinal cord and stretch around her hip, leaving her in and out of a wheelchair throughout her life.

Then when she was 16, doctors discovered a tumour on her brain which can't yet be operated on.

But on June 6 at 7.45am a 36-week pregnant Nikita and her husband Mick welcomed their first child together, Darcy Michael Colin Baxter, who despite all odds, is an extremely healthy baby boy.

Nikita, 20, said she had been told she wouldn't be able to do a lot of things in her life, but she always managed to prove people wrong.

HAPPY FAMILY: Mick and Nikita Baxter are looking forward to taking their new baby Darcy home.
HAPPY FAMILY: Mick and Nikita Baxter are looking forward to taking their new baby Darcy home. Chris Ison

"It just feels so good," she said from her hospital bed yesterday.

"I was told I wouldn't walk down the aisle at my wedding but I did and I was told having kids would be difficult which it was but I've done that now too. It took us a long time to get pregnant but we expected the pregnancy to be a lot worse so we were very lucky it was as good as it was, apart from the back pain.

"There were worries with my back due to my spine and there were a few concerns about my brain as I was completely knocked out due to the high dose of anaesthetic needed, and that made Darcy stop breathing for a little bit but he ended up being OK after a trip to special care. We're just so excited especially because he's so healthy."

Apart from a few scares in the lead up to the delivery of Darcy, Mick said everything ran pretty smoothly and that it was amazing to see Nikita holding their son.

"The first thing I asked the doctors to do when he came out was to check his spine to make sure it was all good," he said.

"We might be able to take him home Friday so we're really excited for that and we're just over the moon with everything."


Spina bifida is the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord which occurs during the first month of a baby's development in the womb.

People with spina bifida have varying degrees of permanent disability including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus and specific learning difficulties.