Harper born 'as white as a ghost' on Halloween
ONE of the most beautiful moments in Lismore couple Michelle Quinn and Michael Martin's lives almost became their worst nightmare when their second child Harper was born 'as white as a ghost' on Halloween.
It was 8:10 am, on October 31, when Harper Lilly Martin came into the world at Lismore Base Hospital weighing 3.12 kg.
After a complication free pregnancy, Mr Martin said the last thing they expected was a baby on the brink of death.
"There were no complications, the only thing that we found which was rather odd was just before the delivery there was more-or-less no kicking or movement," he said.
"Once the delivery happened we thought everything is going fine, as smooth as silk, until Harper came out looking as pale and white as she did.
"That was a jaw dropping moment...it was scary, because she almost looked like she was on the brink of death.
"It was a beautiful moment that turned into a very scary moment...Harper was literally as white as a ghost."
The shock caused Mr Martin to feint, just as specialists kicked into action.
"When she was delivered they rolled her on her side and rubbed her back, and instead of a breath, blood came out of her mouth and her nose," Mr Martin said.
"She'd lost up to 40% of her blood.
"They took her straight onto a cart and emergency buttons were hit.
"Paediatricians raced in and the room filled with up to 15 people.
"We saw a lifeless little baby and we thought we were never going to see her again.
Mr Martin recovered in about 30 minutes, but the couple had to wait five hours before they got good news about Harper.
Little did the couple know, Ms Quinn had suffered a placental abruption and foetal haemorrhaging, causing Harper to lose so much blood.
"The news came in drips and drabs, like we've got her stabilised, we think she's going to come around," he said.
"It was five hours before we got to see her for the first time.
"The paediatrician, Dr Chris Ingall said it was touch-and-go, it was very close."
After a week, Harper started getting her colour back, until she was discharged a fortnight after her birth.
"She bounced back so quick," Mr Martin said.
At the time, Mr Martin said they didn't think about the Halloween connection.
"Not until later when it sort of dawned on us that it was quite comical to have a ghost baby on Halloween," he said.