Walk for ba­bies who defy the odds

The West Australian - - NEWS - Cathy O'Leary Med­i­cal Edi­tor

In­di­ana Har­ley still re­mem­bers the hor­ri­ble re­al­i­sa­tion when her wa­ters broke 24 weeks into her preg­nancy that her baby might not sur­vive.

But doc­tors at King Ed­ward Memo­rial Hospi­tal were able to coax the preg­nancy through to 30 weeks, when Ms Har­ley had an emer­gency cae­sarean af­ter de­vel­op­ing an in­fec­tion. Her son Jack­son was born on June 19 this year, 10 weeks early, and spent the next eight weeks in hospi­tal.

Ms Har­ley said she was still trau­ma­tised by the ex­pe­ri­ence and had a new un­der­stand­ing of the stress par­ents with pre­ma­ture ba­bies faced.

“We were lucky that Jack­son was pretty healthy when he was born, although he had to be in­tu­bated for eight days for his breath­ing,” she said.

“It was very trau­matic go­ing to the hospi­tal each day to see Jack­son and then go­ing home with­out him.”

Ms Har­ley is tak­ing part in the Walk for Prems in South Perth on Oc­to­ber 29 to raise money for Life’s Lit­tle Trea­sures Foun­da­tion which sup­ports fam­i­lies with pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

De­tails are at walk­for­prems.org.au

Pic­ture: Si­mon Santi

In­di­ana Har­ley with her four-month-old son Jack­son Wil­liamson.

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