Step­ping out for kids

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By EMILY BAKER

PREG­NANCY is hard enough with­out there be­ing com­pli­ca­tions, Sarah Cooper says.

The Wem­b­ley res­i­dent and her hus­band Matt have two healthy chil­dren, but it was not al­ways that way.

That is why the fam­ily will par­tic­i­pate in the HBF Run for a Rea­son, rais­ing funds for the Women and In­fants Re­search Foun­da­tion.

“Kai was born with an ab­dom­i­nal wall birth de­fect, gas­troschi­sis, where the in­testines pro­trude through the stom­ach wall,” Mrs Cooper said.

“It was ter­ri­fy­ing be­cause it’s as­so­ci­ated with still­births and this was my first preg­nancy.

“Kai had six op­er­a­tions af­ter birth to cor­rect his stom­ach and was in Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal for three months.”

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a mis­car­riage, Mrs Cooper be­cause preg­nant again.

“I was just wor­ried the en­tire preg­nancy that some­thing was go­ing to go wrong – I ended up hav­ing in­trauter­ine growth re­stric­tion and a fail­ing pla­centa.”

How­ever, both chil­dren are now healthy and happy.

Ear­lier this year, Mrs Cooper dis­cov­ered she had a blood clot­ting con­di­tion that was re­spon­si­ble for many of th­ese is­sues.

She said she hoped by walk­ing the 4km route on May 24 with her fam­ily, she would raise aware­ness and hope­fully help other women.

“I just wanted to high­light that link be­tween my blood clot­ting con­di­tion and mis­car­riage as well as en­cour­age oth­ers to delve a bit deeper if they have is­sues and in­ves­ti­gate things.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d436598

Sarah Cooper with her chil­dren Sally (7 months) and Kai (7).

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