Jackie wakes from coma, meets baby
JACKIE Dunn didn’t think she would be alive to hear her daughter’s first laugh, watch her roll over or get her first kiss on the cheek from Quincy.
But six months later, the brave Rockhampton mum has experienced all these and more, and she can’t wait to share her miracle baby’s first Christmas.
Jackie only got to hold her daughter for a short time after she was born before her own life was in danger and doctors put her in an induced coma.
The 20-year-old didn’t see her newborn for another ten days.
Jackie was diagnosed with epilepsy a couple of years ago.
She fell pregnant last year and 32 weeks into her pregnancy she experienced multiple fits and was put into a coma.
Jackie said she was told she wasn’t going to make it.
When The Morning Bulletin caught up with Jackie’s mum Bronwyn Markwell and briefly spoke with Jackie, after her ordeal in July, the last thing Jackie remembered was seeing her baby for a few moments.
Yesterday, despite everything she’s been through and the seizures she still experiences about twice a week, Jackie is just grateful she is here to mother her daughter.
“She’s my world, I don’t know how I would continue with life without her (Quincy) in it,” Jackie said.
Jackie said she couldn’t wait for Quincy’s first Christmas.
“She’s so spoilt, we have so many presents for her. She even had a photo with Santa last week.”
Jackie said although it was scary knowing her daughter had a 50% chance of getting epilepsy after the age of two, Jackie’s biggest fear is having a fit and dropping Quincy.
When she has a fit Jackie falls to the ground, starts convulsing and sometimes froths at the mouth.
She blacks out during the fit and they last anywhere from two minutes up to 15.
Jackie said she was taking each day as it came, and she had gone from having a couple of fits a day to a couple a week.
“I’m so lucky to have huge support of my partner, my family and my neighbours.”