"This is the story of little Lundi", shares Miracle Mum, Jemma.
“After years of trying for a baby and being unsuccessful, my husband and I tried IVF and were successful and so happy about it. Then at just 27 weeks of pregnancy I went into spontaneous labour. As this was my first child I didn’t even know I was in labour. I just knew I was in a lot of pain and had been all day at work.I drove myself to the polyclinic in Port Stephens who advised me that they couldn’t really tell if I was in labour, so it was best to go to the John Hunter Hospital. I called ahead and went there.
After having an internal examination, they advised me that I was 3cm dilated and my cervix was paper thin, and I would be delivering a baby in the next 24-48 hours. And I did!I It was an extremely overwhelming experience to say the least, but on 2 March my little miracle was born at 11.25pm weighing 1030 grams. All I wanted to do was hear her cry and I knew everything would be ok. My baby let out the biggest scream; she was a fighter from day one and I just knew all would be ok.
She was taken straight from me and I didn’t get to meet her for a few days as I haemorrhaged badly after labour from RPOC (retained products of conception) and needed an operation.
The NICU journey then began. After only a few days being alive, they thought Lundi had Meningitis so the doctors needed to do a lumbar puncture to see if she had it. We were so blessed with good results. We had a few ups and downs in NICU; it’s a very hard emotional journey. I was discharged home after two weeks of being in hospital myself, so I would spend from 7am till 7pm in the NICU 7 days a week and travel an hour to get to the hospital and home. There was nowhere else in the world I would have been than by her side every day.
After 70 long days (10 weeks) on Mother’s Day I got the best gift a mother could ask for and got to finally bring my baby home to be with her mummy and daddy. Lundi progressed so beautifully with all of her check-ups, advanced in fact. I remember that one of her check-ups went over by two hours, as she just keep hitting all milestones in advance. They said you have a beautiful gifted child.
I count my blessings every single day.
Now here we are, and she is starting Kindy next week. I have mixed emotions about this as it is another milestone I didn’t know if we would ever make. But I am so blessed to be here.
I loved the treatment so much at the John Hunter Hospital received from Lundi’s NICU mums, doctors and friends, that I started working there in Critical Care Service. I feel like it was my way of giving back in some way."
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