Amanda Evans and 3 month old Lillian Grace Evans in their home in Calliope.
Amanda Evans and 3 month old Lillian Grace Evans in their home in Calliope. Bianca Box

Miracle birth after scare

FIRST time pregnancies can be scary for all women.

What to eat? Will I need new clothes? What to name the baby? Caesarean or natural?

But, for Amanda and David Evans the scare came early, 13 weeks early to be precise.

Having been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 26 weeks Ms Evans was rushed to the Royal Brisbane Hospital to have her baby.

On the 15th of April, Lillian Grace Evans was born weighing 664 grams and she was 23cm long.

After birth she was put straight into intensive care and remained there for 80 days before being transferred to Bundaberg Hospital and eventually home in Calliope.

There were many complications around the birth and if she wasn’t born prematurely she would have never made it full term.

Lillian’s eyes weren’t fully developed at birth and she stopped growing at 26 weeks.

After going through many dramas parents Amanda and David thought they were in the clear when Lillian was found with a hernia and needed an immediate operation.

“It was a really scary time. Unless you have been there you can’t even fathom the idea,” Mrs Evans said.

Mr Evans said that though it was a tough situation there were many good things that came out of it including some wonderful friends that they made at the hospital in Brisbane and the fact that Lillian was born on the 15th of April, her father’s birthday.

The disease Mrs Evans was diagnosed with is Pre-eclampsia – a disorder that affects one out of every ten first time pregnant women and after the scare Mrs Evans did everything she could to help find a cure.

“I gave placenta, umbilical cord and blood to the research foundation to help find a cure,” Mrs Evans said.

Now home and hoping to have more children in the future Mrs Evans has said that next time round they will have to plan more thoroughly.

“It is something we will have to sit down with a doctor and discuss rather then making any quick plans.”

The dotting new parents are now settling back in to their lives and have said that they have so much praise for the work that the Royal Brisbane Hospital does and especially what was done for them.

“You just have to take your hat off to all the work they do. It is just so nice to be home and know that all is well.”



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