New mother Carolyn Flood, of Ballina, and baby Brayden pictured yesterday in Lismore Base Hospitals special care nursery.
New mother Carolyn Flood, of Ballina, and baby Brayden pictured yesterday in Lismore Base Hospitals special care nursery.

Giving birth to positive tales about care at the Base

By HELEN JACK

CAROLYN FLOOD found out she was pregnant on Easter Sunday and within a week bought all the baby clothes and equipment she needed.

But on week 15 she was told the devastating news she might lose her precious child during an operation to remove benign cysts growing around her right ovary.

"I was told there was only a 25 per cent chance of bubs pulling through," said Carolyn, 29, of Ballina.

But pull through he did. Against all odds, Brayden Matthew Flood was born at Lismore Base Hospital five weeks early on October 20 at 9.35am weighing a healthy 4.1kg.

"He was in a humidicrib for a couple of days but is out now and doing fine," said Carolyn.

Complicating matters, Carolyn was diagnosed with type two diabetes just before she fell pregnant. Carolyn said she could not fault the care and attention she had received.

"I just want to thank%everyone because they have looked after me and Brayden so well," she said.

"It has been a very stressful pregnancy and I was elated to see Brayden moving around and happy in the ultrasound the day after my operation.

"Since the operation I've had to have an ultrasound%every two to three weeks until his birth."

A single mum, Carolyn said her mother June was on hand to watch Brayden being born and to support her daughter.

"I can't explain how I feel. Everything we've been through, and now doctors are very happy with how things have turned out," she said.

"Mum is really excited. I am her only daughter." Carolyn said doctors considered transferring her to a bigger hospital but she was glad to remain at the Base because it was close to her family at Ballina.

"I can't wait to get him home," she said. "I want people to know how fantastic the staff here are.

"The nurses and the midwives are so caring." Carolyn said her son was supposed to be born one week before her 30th birthday on November 20.

"People would ask me when I was going to have children and I said when I was 30. I was so close."



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