Brain dam­age for young mum

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Mel­drum’s sis­ter Steph Ever­est said brain dam­age was con­firmed af­ter an MRI scan.

‘‘It is to a few dif­fer­ent parts of the brain,’’ Ever­est said.

‘‘It was prob­a­bly the most trau­matic thing any of us have ever ex­pe­ri­enced. We all had so much hope . . . and to get news like that about some­one you love most in the world, it breaks you. It re­ally does.’’

Ever­est said Mel­drum was able to com­mu­ni­cate with fam­ily by nod­ding and shak­ing her head.

She was aware of who Ruby was and had vis­ited her in the NICU about four times.

‘‘It’s a bit of a pro­duc­tion to get Kate up there, but she knows who Ruby is and asks to see her, which is fan­tas­tic,’’ Ever­est said.

‘‘We just have to hope that they can be the lit­tle fam­ily they’re meant to be.’’

Ever­est said Ruby was do­ing well and had dou­bled her birth weight. She said it was likely Ruby would be in the NICU for an­other eight weeks but no plans were in place for when she would go home.

‘‘It’s hard to plan ahead when there is a lot of un­cer­tain­ties,’’ she said. ‘‘We are hope­ful for any kind of fu­ture. A cou­ple of weeks ago we didn’t know if Kate was even go­ing to wake up.’’

A Givealit­tle page set up to sup­port Mel­drum’s part­ner Joe Turner had raised more than $34,000.

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