Bay woman finally has baby

A HERVEY Bay woman who made headlines last week when her caesarean was cancelled with little explanation has welcomed a healthy baby girl.

Melissa Heaton was 39 weeks pregnant when she arrived at Hervey Bay Hospital last Thursday morning for a booked-in caesarean she was told she had to have.

Weeks beforehand doctors had advised her that she would not be able to carry the baby to full term because the foetus was in an abnormal position and her gestational diabetes made it even more high risk.

But on Thursday, Ms Heaton who was dressed in a hospital gown and being prepped for surgery, was re-examined by an obstetrician and told she no longer had to have to operation as the foetus had moved.

Confused by the contradictory information, Ms Heaton and husband Pat decided not to go away quietly.

They publicly demanded answers and, on Friday, Ms Heaton was re-examined.

As a result, she was told she would be kept in hospital and induced so she could have the baby naturally.

Yesterday, after spending two hard days in labour, the decision was made to do a c-section after all.

Ms Heaton was wheeled into surgery about 10am and was holding her little girl just over an hour later.

Boadie Mairi Helene weighed 8lbs 11oz.

While her parents could not be more pleased by her safe arrival, they question why they had to be put through such a stressful situation.

They also stressed that it was the system they were fed up with and not the nursing staff.

“The staff here have been exceptional,” Mr Heaton said

“It’s just a problem up the top where the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.”

As a result of their experience the Heatons have also decided to start a patient support group.

“Now that we know what it’s like to go through this we want others going through the same thing to be able to get help,” Mr Heaton said

Anyone interested in contacting the Heatons can phone 0449 045 865.


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