As miracle mum Lauren’s beautiful daughter Evie started school, she reflected on the journey they took to reach this wonderful milestone.
Miracle mum Lauren gave birth to Evie at 24 weeks due to chorioamnionitis. Weighing just 652g she was born in the middle of the night at a hospital that wasn’t equipped for a premature birth.
Her journey was fraught with many issues but her biggest hurdles were Chronic lung disease, Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation surgery and a Grade 4 right sided Intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH) as a result of periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). We were informed that Evie would have a deficit and require some form of care for the rest of her life.
We bought her home completely tube free and fully breastfeeding 122 days later. Fast forward 5.5yrs and Evie is healthy, happy, independent and thriving. It’s hard (and terrifying) not knowing what’s going to happen in a minute, an hour, a day or a week, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Watching the determination and will of a baby born before their time is truly phenomenal, and remember, you are not alone.
Evie recently asked why she was so little.
"I simply said it was so we could love you longer," shares Lauren.
Chronic lung disease
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
Intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH)
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