Kai's Story, 24 Weeks   

Miracle Mum, Sarah shares how she felt when baby Kai was rushed into the world at 24 weeks.

"As first-time parents my partner and I were excited to learn that a new addition had been added to our little family. We had tried for many years to start a family but were never successful in doing so, then one day out of nowhere it just happened!

We breezed past the first 12 weeks and we were anticipating the 20-week scan so we could find out if we were having a boy or girl. On the day of our scan we found out we were having a boy. Our hearts were so full with excitement and love, but that soon changed to sadness and fear when it was discovered in the same day that I had preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM).

At 23 weeks I was admitted to hospital with cramps and it was discovered I had dilated 3cm. I was given an immediate steroid shot and put on magnesium and medication to stop the contractions. We lasted a week before it was decided it was time he came into the world as my infection markers jumped through the roof overnight.
At 9.43am on Friday March the 20th we gave birth naturally to our little boy Kai weighing 740g at just 24 weeks gestation. It was such a relief to hear him cry but they whisked him away and off to the neonatal intensive care unit so quickly I barely caught a glimpse of him. Seeing him for the first time (9 hours after giving birth) was extremely overwhelming. He was so tiny and had so many cords and tubes. An immediate sense of guilt rushed over me as I repeatedly told him I was sorry he was going through this.

A few days later he developed a grade 4 brain bleed but since then has been a little trooper and coping the best he can. We have been in NICU for 7 weeks now and I couldn’t be prouder of our boy.

It’s not easy for us or for him, and some days I feel so defeated, but the people involved in his care at the hospital are absolute stars and give us confidence he is truly in the best place he can be right now. We just try to focus on the positive and are truly blessed he has come into our lives."

Thank you Sarah for sharing.

Preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM)

grade 4 brain bleed

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