Fam­ily walks for pre­ma­ture ba­bies

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth - Gabrielle Jef­fery

THE Bag­worth fam­ily has been touched by the dif­fi­culty and stress of pre­ma­ture births, pos­si­bly more than most, but still re­main strong.

Last year, David and Clau­dia lost their daugh­ter, Lu­cia, who was born at just 23 weeks.

The Bag­worths’ two other chil­dren were also born pre­ma­turely. Diego, now 5, was born at 35 weeks and Noah (now five months) was born at 36 weeks.

For­tu­nately, both boys sur­vived the early un­cer­tainty and are now thriv­ing.

Be­fore that, Clau­dia suf­fered three mis­car­riages.

Want­ing to help oth­ers who have gone through the same thing, Clau­dia and hus­band David are tak­ing part in Walk for Prems, or­gan­ised by Life’s Lit­tle Trea­sures Foun­da­tion, on Oc­to­ber 26.

The group is a char­ity ded­i­cated to the fam­i­lies of ba­bies born pre­ma­ture or sick.

“We al­ready were part of the group that pro­vided lots of ma­te­rial and support after we lost Lu­cia,” David said. “The staff at King Ed­ward Hos­pi­tal also were very sup­port­ive and gave more in­for­ma­tion.”

The ex­pe­ri­ence opened their eyes to the fact that still more aware­ness and re­search was needed for pre­ma­ture births.

“There were two rea­sons why we de­cided to go in the walk: be­cause both boys were born pre­ma­turely and to raise aware­ness,” David said.

“Ul­ti­mately this walk is about recog­ni­tion and re­mem­brance of Lu­cia and re­mem- ber­ing what we went through with Noah.”

Walk for Prems is to help raise support and aware­ness for the 45,000 pre­ma­ture ba­bies born this year and is the ma­jor fundraiser for the group.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

David and Clau­dia Bag­worth with their sons Diego (5) and Noah (five months).

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