1. Mother whose car plunged into a dam while on her way to visit her premature newborn son in hospital has died.
Kerry Budding (Arrow), the young mother who was in a car that plunged into a dam while she was on route to visit her premature baby still in hospital, has tragically died.
Dr Budding was left in a critical condition after the car, driven by her husband Phil Budding, crashed into a dam on their property outside Melbourne at 10.20am on November 26.
The couple were on their way to the Mercy Hospital to visit their newborn son Jock.
Mr Budding told The Leader he did everything he could to save his wife.
“I had to swim to her side and break the window,” he said. “(I) continued CPR (until the) ambulance arrived, which wasn’t long,”
She was rushed to hospital but her injuries were too great and overnight on Tuesday, surrounded by her family and friends, she passed away.
On social media friends paid tribute to the young mum.
One saying, “my bravest, most intelligent, quirky and brilliant mates fought for her life without succeeding.”
Another: “We lost a truly special person last night. I am honoured to have called you my friend Kerry Budding (Arrow). I cannot put into words how I feel but I will never forget you and I’m so grateful I got to tell that I valued you and loved. Fly high now Kerry and watch over your baby boy. I miss you already.”
A fundraising page for Jock and his dad, Phil can be found here.
2. Family court rules 5-year-old who was born as genetically male will be raised as a sterilised female.
The child, named Carla, was born with ambiguous genitalia.
The Australian reports that at first, doctors thought the infant was female. Yet tests revealed that Carla had no female reproductive organs even though her genitals resembled that of a female – and had male gonads tucked inside her body.
The judge’s decision, only published this week, says that Carla was born with the “external appearance of a female child” but when her mother noticed swelling around the vulva, more tests were done, revealing that she was “genetically male”.
“Her loving parents, after obtaining expert medical advice and support, determined to rear her as a female.”
The court heard Carla “enjoys toys and colours that are stereotypically female, for example, having pink curtains, a Barbie bedspread and campervan, necklaces, lip gloss and ‘fairy stations’”.
“She happily wore a floral skirt and shirt with glittery sandals and Minnie Mouse underwear and had her long blonde hair tied in braids …. She never tries to stand while urinating, never wants to be called by or referred to in the male pronoun.”
Caroline Overington reports for The Australian that the court found that the parents were “well within their rights” to pursue surgery for their child.
Many in the intersex community argue against “medically unnecessary surgery” on children.
Morgan Carpenter told The Australian: “The child will need to decide their identity for themselves, when they are older, and that’s difficult when surgery has been enforced on them as children.”