Kahlan Murray with her mother Rachel. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Kahlan Murray with her mother Rachel. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

She is lucky to be alive and now Kahlan is off to school

DOCTORS feared Kahlan Murray wouldn't make it to her first birthday after she suffered severe bleeding on her brain.

Kahlan is one of thousands starting Year 1 at school today.

Within nine months of being born she had had four major operations and, at that stage, the doctors warned her parents, Rachel and Michael, their daughter wouldn't be able to stand on her feet until she was eight.

 

That was six years ago.

 

Rachel said one of the consequences of Kahlan having the bleeds was that parts of the brain died and was lost forever.

"But Kahlan is a fighter and her whole face just beams when she smiles and it lights up the room," Rachel said.

Rachel said she was a bit nervous about her girl starting school.

She has to take things step-by-step and is only a part-time student.

"She really is our miracle child," Rachel said.

Her mum said that Kahlan today was such a different girl than at birth when not much hope was being held out for her.

"She is so looking forward to be going to school and she already has a boyfriend, Jack," Rachel said. "She met Jack in prep and the two have become good friends and Kahlan is very proud to say that she has had her 'first kiss' from Jack and she loves Jack so much they said they will marry when they leave school."

The "beautiful miracle child" had a smile beaming from ear to ear recently and pranced around her home like a healthy six-year-old girl should.

It was like she had nothing on her mind; like the ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VP) implanted in her head wasn't even there.

Like she never even had two large bleeds on the left and right sides of her brain.

 

Jeremiah, Tyrone, Michael and Kahlan Murray. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Jeremiah, Tyrone, Michael and Kahlan Murray. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

But Kahlan's ordeal was like "hell" for her parents.

 

Rachel promised herself if she had a girl, she would name her Kahlan after a character in the hit series The Legend of the Seeker. The character symbolised justice, peace, righteousness and everything that was good.

The shunt (a plug) is implanted under Kahlan's scalp and a tube is connected to the shunt and then travels down her body (under her skin) to her abdomen where any fluid from her brain is drained.



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