27th June 2008
My husband, Laine, and I were so excited to find out we were expecting our first baby. With normal healthy pregnancy, we were doing everything any other couple expecting would be doing, buying clothes, setting up the nursery and thinking of baby names. But that all changed instantly.
At 27 weeks, we first heard the words Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. With Laine and mum, Maria, by my side, the doctor informed us that they suspect our baby had this birth defect. Undergoing many tests, it was confirmed at 29 weeks.
Over the next we weeks, as Nepean Hospital didn’t cater for babies with CDH, we had to travel to Westmead Hospital for constant ultrasounds, ECG for the baby and we would meet the team of surgeons and specialists who would have our babies life in their hands.