FIGHT FOR LIFE: Six weeks ago Amelia Donohue was born with her umbilical cord around her neck. She continues to astound doctors.
FIGHT FOR LIFE: Six weeks ago Amelia Donohue was born with her umbilical cord around her neck. She continues to astound doctors. Contributed

Little Amelia battles her way back to health

IT'S a mother's worst nightmare. The pregnancy and birth goes to plan, but then a group of doctors rush in and say something is wrong.

It became a reality for Caloundra's Kylie Donohue when her baby daughter Amelia stopped breathing just minutes after the birth.

Her sixth birth, Ms Donohue was not expecting any complications: "I looked down and noticed she was purple, before we knew it there were 20 doctors in the room calling 'code blue' - I had no idea what was going on." she said.

"She was born with her cord wrapped around her neck twice, with membrane covering her face which caused her to stop breathing for close to three minutes. It was pretty scary."

Since Amelia was born six weeks ago, the family has waited anxiously in Ronald McDonald House while Amelia recovered in the Royal Children's Hospital.

Amelia had spent five of those in intensive care, but last Tuesday the family got the breakthrough they were looking for. "The first 10 days she was in an induced coma and there was no change, since then it's been one positive thing after another.

"In general she's done extremely well," Ms Donohue said.

The family was hoping to have Amelia moved to Nambour General Hospital to continue her treatment.

In the meantime Ms Donohue and her partner Scott have reached out for help.

As one of the organisers of Sunshine Coast Pay it Forward, which helps those in need, she was pleased to see the community give back when it was her turn to ask.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amelias-Fight/1505939519682454.


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