Hos­pi­tal hon­our wall for pre­ma­ture ba­bies

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By LISA THOMAS

KING Edward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal (KEMH) is en­cour­ag­ing moth­ers who gave birth or had their ba­bies treated at the hos­pi­tal to take part in its Hon­our Wall project.

The project, which raises money for the Women’s and In­fants Re­search Foun­da­tion, com­mem­o­rates the jour­ney of moth­ers and their pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

Jen­nifer Bul­loch took part in the project re­cently af­ter giving birth to her pre­ma­ture daugh­ter, Hay­ley. She said she wanted to sup­port the re­search to help pre­vent pre-term birth.

“My lit­tle mir­a­cle Hay­ley was born at 24 weeks and five days, weigh­ing in at only 740g,” she said. “She spent the first 98 days of her life in KEMH re­quir­ing help with her breath­ing. She also had all the usual pre­m­mie prob­lems in­volv­ing her weight, feed­ing, retinother­apy, blood trans­fu­sions and virus is­sues.

“We know how for­tu­nate we are to have Hay­ley. Our out­look on ba­bies, preg­nancy and the im­por­tance of pre-term birth had changed be­cause we know these can­not be taken for granted.”

More than 550 moth­ers and ba­bies have taken part. Visit the Hon­our Wall web­site be­fore Fe­bru­ary 3.

Lit­tle mir­a­cle... Jen­nifer Bul­loch with her daugh­ter Hay­ley, who was born pre­ma­ture at King Edward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

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