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Deborah, recalling the moment she was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia.
Pre-eclampsia is a serious medical condition of pregnancy characterised by rapidly increasing blood pressure and, without swift action, stroke and seizures.
There is no cure, and when severe, it threatens the lives of both the mother and her unborn child—forcing doctors to perform emergency caesareans at dangerously early stages of pregnancy.
In Deborah’s case, she was only five months into her pregnancy with twin girls when she was diagnosed. She’ll never forget how it happened:
“At 25 weeks my blood pressure had gone through the roof, my organs were shutting down and I had swelling on the brain. My doctor told me that it was time for the girls to come out.”
Deborah and her husband Kade’s main concern was whether their twins, Madison and Sarah, would survive. What they didn’t realise though, was that, even if their girls made it, there would be a high chance they’d be left with severe, life-long disabilities.
Can you imagine facing this reality?
That’s why Mater’s researchers need your help, to raise $55 000 so they can do more to prevent brain injury and permanent disability in preterm babies.
Miraculously, Madison and Sarah survived their delivery. And thanks to the expert medical care they received from the team at Mater, 146 days later they made it home from hospital without any lasting health problems.
But Madison and Sarah are lucky.
“Every single night, I go into their bedroom—even now they're nine years old—and make sure they're breathing. I think I'll always do that; just look at them and have a little think, and remember just how lucky we are to have them.”
Many babies born extremely small and extremely early sadly don’t make it, and very few survive without lasting damage to their health.
So please, will you send a gift today? It doesn’t matter the size of your donation, just know that with every dollar you’ll be giving tiny premature babies the best possible start to life.
You will ensure that, while the world waits for a cure for pre-eclampsia, Mater’s researchers and doctors can continue the journey towards a future where more parents like Deborah and Kade will know the joy of taking their precious babies home from hospital and seeing them blossom into healthy and happy children.