A whole day passed before Karen Wasson was able to hold her own daughter. The moment the Melbourne woman gave birth via caesarean in 2013, doctors whisked her little girl away for assessment and on to the special care nursery.
“I remember the nurse got me up for a shower the next day, and goes ‘OK, well your baby doesn’t need a feed, so you don’t have to go to her just yet,'” Karen told Mamamia. “I could barely walk but I was like, ‘No, get real. I’m going to see my baby. I’m not just going get back into bed.'”
Little Sophie had been born with a serious heart defect: Transposition of the Great Arteries with Ventricle Septal Defect. This meant the two major arteries supplying blood to her heart formed in an abnormal position, and that there were holes between the two chambers.
It was clear something was wrong as early as Karen’s 13-week scan. When the diagnosis came, Karen said, it was “horrendous”.
“My stomach just dropped… But the sonographer was amazing. He just spoke to us and said, ‘Look, there’s an operation that’s done for this kind of issue and most children do very well after that after that. I was very encouraging, and it made us feel like, OK, it was going to be tough but at least she was going to be okay at the end of it.”