GATTON MUM PRAISES RURAL HEALTH SYSTEM
Rural health role a success
GIVING birth to her first child was far from routine for Gatton mother Lacee Buzza, but she said the system who supported her couldn’t have been better.
At her 37-week scan, Ms Buzza was told when her waters broke the umbilical cord would prolapse, meaning she would have to give birth in a matter of minutes.
“We had four minutes to have her delivered or she would die,” Ms Buzza said.
Living more than 40 minutes from the closest hospital providing birthing suites, going home wasn’t an option.
Ms Buzza was checked in to Ipswich Hospital and induced the following day.
She gave birth to her daughter Zia on August 25, but the complications did not end there.
“The birth was easy compared to everything else that happened,” she said.
“She was born purple not breathing so they did CPR on her – 15 doctors came in to try and revive her.
“They didn’t have the capacity to look after her so they sent a retrieval team of specialised cardiac doctors to pick her up from Ipswich and transport her safely to the neonatal intensive care unit at the Mater hospital.”
West Moreton Health Executive Director Community and Rural Services Melinda Parcell said the health system operates closely to ensure all patients have access to the required treatment.
“Those presenting with serious injuries or illness will be stabilised and transferred to Ipswich Hospital or another specialist facility,” she said.
Ms Parcell said babies are not birthed at rural hospitals to ensure women and their babies have access to specialist care and emergency surgery.
During the birth, Ms Buzza sustained a cut artery, but to stay close to her newborn child, she was also transferred to Brisbane.
Before Ms Buzza even arrived, Brisbane Ronald Mcdonald House had arranged accommodation for her and her partner to stay in while Zia received treatment.
“It was super scary, but it was reassuring because they had all of the right people in place to deliver the best care,” she said.
Zia was admitted to the Mater hospital, where she stayed for three days before being transferred to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for heart surgery.
Ms Buzza said the health system operated like a “well-oiled machine.”
“The whole system is fantastic actually – everyone has a role to play and they all played it superbly. The (Lockyer) Valley is an important link in the chain,” she said.
After a week in Brisbane, Ms Buzza and her partner Josh Martell were able to bring their daughter home.
“My doctor Ashleigh was given a plan to monitor her from here and if anything is wrong then we go straight back to Brisbane,” she said.
While women in the Lockyer Valley are required to travel to give birth, West Moreton Health Interim Executive Director Medical Services Dr Eleri Carrahar said they were working on making services accessible.
“Across the past 12 months West Moreton Health has expanded its community antenatal service to deliver more care closer to home,” she said.
It has not yet been confirmed whether birthing services will be included in the regional-sized hospital which will be built in the Lockyer Valley, subject to government approval.
TOUCH AND GO: Lacee Buzza holds her one-month-old daughter Zia Martell.