Parents Names: Anne Casey, Gary Hardy
Mom's Occupation: Librarian
Dad's Occupation: Network
State and Country in which their Family lives: Melbourne, Australia
Singelton or Multiples: Singleton
Preemie's Name: Vincent Casey
Hardy Date of Birth: October 6
How many weeks early: 13.4 weeks
Weight and Length at Birth: 1330
gr (2lb, 15oz), 41cm (16.2 inches)
How long was your Preemie in the Hospital: 9 weeks 3 days
Current Age: nearly 3 Current Weight: 16kg, 35lb Current Height: 94cm, 37"
|REASONS FOR PREMATURE DELIVERY?
PROM Premature Rupture of Membranes & Morganella
IT ALL BEGAN WHEN....
I had an uncomplicated pregnancy up until about 22 weeks when
I caught the flu. I was unusually tired & achey for a couple of days before the birth
& the baby was disturbingly quiet. Even though I tried to seek medical advice, I
didn't get the help I needed. I was at work the day Vincent was born, came home with a
headache, a few hours later began labour with contractions 6 minutes apart, & got to
the hospital an hour before I delivered. It was small private hospital specialising in
natural birth, no facilities for a preemie but very good staff who coped well under the
circumstances. The midwives were appalled to see me - I had a temperature of 3C (109F
degrees) & was delirious & in toxic shock. There was no discernable heartbeat
during the labour. Vincent was born pink, very sick with the infection but quite a strong
baby, thank God. I was euphoric after the birth, so pleased to have a son and so glad to
be alive. I knew nothing about prematurity!
AND WHEN HE CAME HOME?
Vincent came home at 36 weeks weighing 6 lb. He had iron
and vitamin supplements but didn't need anything else - just lots of love.
ANY REVISITS TO THE HOSPITAL, WHY?
Vincent was hospitalised for bronchiolitis (RSV) for a
week during his first winter. He'd just started creche because I had to go back to work,
& obviously didn't cope. Neither did I because I got pneumonia. He was hospitalised
again in March this year, under neurological review after a sudden increase in muscle
tone. His brain scans showed no new damage & he recovered again two weeks later. It
was a very mysterious episode.