Brain damage for young mum
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.