Heart­break­ing twin loss

Aware­ness of con­di­tion is lack­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Lacee Froeschl [email protected]­news.com.au

AFTER ev­ery­thing went fine with her first preg­nancy, Chay Slat­tery had no rea­son to ex­pect any­thing dif­fer­ent with the next.

On the eve of their Oc­to­ber wedding, Chay and her fi­ance Mark found out they were preg­nant again.

To their sur­prise, routine scans re­vealed there were two – iden­ti­cal twin girls.

“We were shocked be­cause we were think­ing about those things that come with two ba­bies, like a new car,” Chay said.

Little did she know her next routine scan on Christ­mas Eve would turn grim.

The doc­tors said “you need to call your hus­band, you’re not going back to work to­day”, she said.

“We drove to Bris­bane and the doc­tors said we had what they be­lieved was TTTS.”

Twin to Twin Trans­fu­sion Syn­drome is a con­di­tion that can oc­cur in iden­ti­cal twin preg­nan­cies where the donor twin trans­fuses too much blood, be­com­ing dehydrated and caus­ing the other to have high blood pres­sure.

On New Year’s Eve, the al­ready pan­icked newly-wed cou­ple were told they had to make a tough de­ci­sion – to have a chance at two ba­bies, or a bet­ter chance with one.

“I thought how are we sup­posed to make this de­ci­sion with no op­tion of having a 100 per cent success rate,” Chay said.

“But by choos­ing what we did, we went from be­low 20 per cent to a 70 per cent chance of having at least one baby survive.”

Chay said one of the hard­est mo­ments of the past eight months was watching the baby kick one minute and not the next.

“She’s still got hands, toes, feet, a face and body, but she’s a lot smaller and she hasn’t grown as much as her sis­ter,” she said.

But fast for­ward to to­day and their little boy Noah is just a few weeks away from be­ing a big brother, and the cou­ple have fi­nally built the con­fi­dence to speak up about the con­di­tion.

They have cre­ated a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal’s new ma­ter­nal and fe­tal ward and pro­vide more ed­u­ca­tion opportunit­ies to other ex­pec­tant mums and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als.

“There’s not many doc­tors that are well versed in the con­di­tion or able to do the pro­ce­dures,” Chay said.

“We wish we could have been more pre­pared,” Mark said. “Ed­u­ca­tion about this is lack­ing, so that’s our aim.”

To do­nate to Chay and Mark’s cause and help raise aware­ness of TTTS, visit gofundme.com/help-raisea­ware­ness-of-ttts-and-our­fam­ily.

PHOTO: LACEE FROESCHL

GROW­ING FAMILY: Mark, Noah and Chay Slat­tery are ex­cited to wel­come their fourth family mem­ber, de­spite the long and tough jour­ney deal­ing with Twin to Twin Trans­fu­sion Syn­drome.

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