Stepping out for kids
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.”
Sarah Cooper with her children Sally (7 months) and Kai (7).