1. A mum’s 22-week ultrasound forced her to make an incredibly difficult decision.
It was then that she was delivered grim news: her little girl had a major heart defect.
“They’d already made up their mind,” the mum told Seven News. “That it was best for us to not continue the pregnancy.”
But instead of terminating, Ms Stasinowsky made the decision to go through with her pregnancy – and the results are now being used by researchers to help other babies.
Her daughter Sophie was born with her major heart arteries reversed. After a “quick cuddle” she was taken in for life-saving surgery.
Now, two years on, as part of research into treating congenital heart disease, doctors want to repeat the surgery that saved Sophie’s life.
Seven News reports Australian researchers made a breakthrough in pinning exactly how and when heart chambers form in fetuses. It’s believed they could form as early as three weeks.
This research could be used to create methods of early intervention to save unborn babies lives.
“This might take the form of drug therapies, of stem cell therapies, of other types of treatments that would help that baby get through those early phases,” Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s Professor Richard Harvey said.
2. Two children among five pedestrians injured in a two-car collision in Melbourne’s CBD.
— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) June 3, 2018