So grateful to Oscar’s helpers
LAUREN Cheney has many reasons to celebrate her son Oscar’s first birthday.
Oscar survived five surgeries in utero after developing a one in 15,000 births condition called hydrops fetalis, which caused a large amount of fluid to build up around his lungs.
Oscar’s birthday also coincided with the opening of Mrs Cheney's Churchlands business, the Little Love Club café and play centre, aimed at giving back to the people who helped Oscar survive.
“I am so thankful to the staff at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) for all they did to save Oscar,” Mrs Cheney said.
“He was diagnosed with hydrops when I was 26 weeks pregnant and had five surgeries in utero over nine weeks – it was terrifying, as I didn’t know if he would survive.”
Little Love Club is an interactive play studio that provides mums and carers of children aged younger than five with play-based educational classes, a casual drop-in play centre, coffee, treats and handcrafted giftware.
A portion of their profits will go directly to the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF), the research centre based at KEMH where Oscar was born.
After being delivered via cae- sarean section at 35 weeks, Oscar spent five weeks in intensive care, where he had multiple drains put into his lungs and doctors sought a reason for his condition.
“Oscar was recovering so well that we came home after five weeks, but shortly after we rushed him back to hospital after he stopped breathing one night,” Mrs Cheney said.
“We spent a further three weeks in Princess Margaret Hospital with Oscar having X-rays and tests to find the cause of his hydrops.”
At six months of age Oscar was diagnosed with a very rare lung condition called lymphangiectasia and is now a UWA case study.
Lauren Cheney and Oscar at the Little Love Club opening.