So grate­ful to Os­car’s helpers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By EMILY BAKER

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.

Visit www.lit­tlelove­club.com.au.

Lau­ren Cheney and Os­car at the Lit­tle Love Club open­ing.

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