The lat­est ad­di­tion

P.E.I. cou­ple wel­comes ninth child fol­low­ing chal­leng­ing birth

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/ATLANTIC - BY TC ME­DIA STAFF

The large Cheese­man clan has grown yet again, but the ar­rival of the lat­est ad­di­tion to this Ban­gor Road fam­ily was far from easy.

Bobbi-Sue Cheese­man gave birth to her ninth child Wed­nes­day af­ter spend­ing more than two months in hos­pi­tal in Hal­i­fax in a pre­car­i­ous state.

Due to hav­ing the most rare and se­vere form of pla­centa acc­reta, Cheese­man faced the pos­si­bil­ity of hem­or­rhag­ing, which put both her life and that of the baby at risk.

Ja­son Cheese­man said the surgery to in­duce early labour was “very com­pli­cated,’’ tak­ing close to six hours. Thank­fully, the pro­ce­dure went well.

Monica Grace was born roughly eight weeks pre­ma­ture, weigh­ing four pounds and one ounce.

The op­er­a­tion, said Cheese­man, was “pretty near per­fect.’’

The tiny baby is do­ing well but is hav­ing a lit­tle trou­ble breath­ing and is be­ing tube-fed.

“She is just do­ing fan­tas­tic,’’ said her dad. “The doc­tors and the nurses can’t be­lieve how well she is do­ing.’’

Monica Grace is ex­pected to stay in the Hal­i­fax hos­pi­tal for about two weeks be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal in Char­lot­te­town, where she will likely stay for four to six weeks.

Cheese­man said his wife Bobbi-Sue is sore and “pretty weak’’ fol­low­ing the surgery. She will likely re­main in hos­pi­tal for an­other week.

“She was pretty anx­ious and ner­vous be­fore the surgery,” he said. “There were so many pos­si­ble out­comes.’’

Cheese­man was re­turn­ing to P.E.I. to­day to pick up his other eight chil­dren to visit their mom and their new sib­ling in the hos­pi­tal in Hal­i­fax.

Cheese­man told TC Me­dia in an in­ter­view in De­cem­ber that years ago the cou­ple “knew we were go­ing to have more than the av­er­age (size) fam­ily.’’

Bob­bie-Sue also had lengthy hos­pi­tal stays car­ry­ing her fifth and sixth chil­dren.

Monica Grace joins sib­lings Matthew, 19, Ti­mothy, 17, Thomas, 16, Michael, 14, Maria, 12, To­bias, 10, Theresa, 6, and Mark-Fran­cis, 3, as part of the Cheese­man fam­ily. The Cheese­mans, devout Catholics, have named all nine chil­dren af­ter saints.

TC ME­DIA

Bob­bie-Sue Cheese­man of Ban­gor Road, P.E.I., sits near her ninth child, Monica Grace, who ar­rived roughly eight weeks early at a hos­pi­tal in Hal­i­fax on Wed­nes­day. Mom and baby are do­ing well, but both will need to spend more time in hos­pi­tal.

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