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Mum with cystic fibrosis gives birth to miracle baby Adaline

PURE LOVE: Kate Backhouse had her daughter Adaline at 27 weeks premature last month. Kate has cystic fibrosis and had complications during her pregnancy.
PURE LOVE: Kate Backhouse had her daughter Adaline at 27 weeks premature last month. Kate has cystic fibrosis and had complications during her pregnancy. Contributed

KATE Backhouse knows she has a little miracle in her arms.

After years of battling cystic fibrosis, which included a lung transplant, Kate never knew if her dream of becoming a mother would come true.

But 14 days ago it did.

Adaline was born at just 27 weeks old, but is a fighter just like her mum and is doing well in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Kate said she wasn't sure if she would fall pregnant or be able to carry the baby due to her condition.

"I ended up falling pregnant... it was a very risky pregnancy," Kate said.

"I thought it would be hard to fall pregnant but it happened straight away.

"I'm glad it happened that way, but I wish I could've enjoyed (the pregnancy) more and waited longer (before giving birth).

"I'm diabetic as well and that made it hard."

Kate explained the pregnancy put stress on her liver with the risk of internal bleeding as well.

"It was a very stressful time but I had to go through with it," the 34-year-old said.

Kate wasn't feeling well throughout the pregnancy and at week 18 she was admitted to hospital due to blood pressure issues.

"My blood pressure was high and (the baby) wasn't coping well so we did a c-section," Kate said.

Adaline was put into an incubator after being born on February 26 and is expected to stay until she is full term.

After 10 days of watching her baby in an incubator, Kate got her first cuddle.

"It feels amazing to be a mum and (we) can't live without her," Kate said.

The family don't have an easy road ahead of them just yet, as Kate remains in hospital due to her condition.

"I've been in hospital for 12 weeks so it's taken a big toll on my health," she said.

"I'm not that well so I can't see her (at the moment)."

Kate and her husband John remain in Brisbane and will stay by their little girl's side until she can come home to Rockhampton.

Kate said that Adaline would stay in hospital as she was too little to leave, but doctors said she had no serious health issues at this stage.

Cystic Fibrosis

  • The major condition is a problem with the protein that controls the movement of salt in and out of the cells
  • Too much salt causes mucus to become thick and sticky and to build up in the lungs, clogging the air passages in the lungs and trapping bacteria

Source: Cystic Fibrosis Queensland

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