SAMANTHA survived renal failure and a premature birth on Christmas Day only to have "low-lifes" steal her handbag from Caboolture Hospital.
She lost hundreds of dollars in cash and gift cards, as well as credit cards, identification and private medical information.
The former Caboolture resident was back for the holidays when her gynaecologist sent her to Caboolture Hospital on Christmas Eve.
An emotional Samantha described the experience as tears threatened to overwhelm her.
"It was very scary actually," she said.
"(I had) a heart trace done on my baby and I had pre-eclampsia.
"They said I was in renal failure and my heart was next in line to fail."
Despite the complications "beautiful" baby Asher was born on Christmas Day, three weeks early.
"There was only one other way to go and thank God I'm here for my daughter (seven-year-old Macey)," Samantha said.
Macey said she was looking forward to being a great big sister to Asher and that he was a "little cutie-pie".
Asher was raced to the Royal Children's Hospital Brisbane on Boxing Day because of complications but both he and Mum were recovering well last Thursday when thieves struck.
The 43-year-old thinks her bag must have been stolen either when she had a shower on Thursday morning or later in the day when she met with the paediatrician to see if she could be discharged.
"I was excited to be packing up and then discovered my handbag was stolen," she said.
"I couldn't believe it was gone.
"The last thing you think about is your stuff. You're thinking about the baby.
"When I knew that somebody had been in the room I felt violated."
She lost $200 in cash and another $500 worth of gift cards but said losing her ID was the biggest worry.
The mother-of-two was lucky in one respect though.
She removed a $3500 necklace, one of her most precious belongings, from the handbag earlier in the day to keep it safe from harm.
"I just thought I shouldn't really leave it in the bag," she said.
"I've had it since my 10th wedding anniversary (12 years ago)."
Samantha said she didn't think the theft was the hospital's fault but she urged people to take care with their belongings when staying there.
"They have drawers there (in the rooms) with locks but no keys," she said.
A spokesman for Caboolture Hospital was unavailable for comment.
If you have information about the theft call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.
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