“WE both nearly died.”
Elliminyt first-time mum Chloe Bamford says her introduction to motherhood was “scary” but she and her daughter Lily Malouf are both healthy and lucky to be here to tell their story.
Ms Bamford had a regular check-up at 37 weeks, and doctors found her unborn daughter to be the size of 33-week-old foetus.
An ultrasound discovered Lily had a growth on her kidney, and doctors rushed Ms Bamford to Geelong Hospital with pre-eclampsia to undergo an emergency caesarean.
Ms Bamford said her blood pressure skyrocketed.
“It was something ridiculous, and I actually started fitting and had to get an ambulance, so we were both very, very lucky,” she said.
“It’s only that I went in for that routine check-up that any of this would have been found.”
Ms Bamford said she and partner Ben Malouf then learned Lily’s growth on her left kidney was a tumour the size of a golf ball and had to take her to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
“What happened with her, is that she actually formed the tumour inside, when she was growing in me,” she said.
“The professor said to us, they could either cut half the kidney out of there, and she could survive on the one-and-a-half and it only takes 10 per cent of a kidney to survive, or they’d have to take it all.
“They took the whole kidney out in two-and-a-half hours.”
Ms Bamford said Lily’s recovery stalled from the benign tumour when she suffered a stroke.
“She had a massive stroke and her blood pressure was up and down,” she said.
“It took a while for her to recover, she’s still got a scar. But she’s fine now.
“As a first-time mum it is just so scary, let alone any child, it’s very scary.”
Ms Bamford said she was grateful for the support of the Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.
“People need to realise how good it actually is because they gave us accommodation and everything for free, the doctors were fantastic,” she said.
“They actually explained everything down to detail, and if anything was wrong in intensive care the nurses would call us straight away.
“It’s just so comforting with the staff down there, how good they are.”
Ms Bamford said Lily would live a normal life with her one kidney.
“It’s amazing, she won’t be able to be a motocross jumper or anything like that, she has to be careful because she’s got the one kidney, but drinking-wise eating-wise she’s going to be fine,” she said.
“I just am so thankful every day that she’s alive.”
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