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Miracle Mum, Amrita hopes her personal experience with beautiful bub Anakin helps spread awareness about the effects of the flu, including cerebral palsy, on pregnant women and their babies. She shares her story below.

"It was exactly 2 years ago that my waters broke early (preterm premature rupture of membranes - PPROM) at 23 weeks pregnant when our family got Influenza A. Our little boy Anakin had already miraculously survived 2 threatened miscarriages when I was 17 weeks pregnant.

I was feeling very unwell and my observations showed I had a high fever. Doctors suspected I had a uterine infection and would need to deliver soon, but my instincts told me otherwise. I was eventually tested for the flu 3 days later and it came back positive for Influenza A, so I was quarantined.

Against all odds, we held on another for another 7 weeks on hospital bedrest before he was born weighing just 1 kg at 30 weeks.

Anakin spent his first 3 months in hospital where he had many ups and downs with chronic lung disease, acquired CMV, surgery, and starting therapy for feeding and movement delays.

A big thanks to Heartfelt for taking our first family photo when we were in NICU.

After being discharged, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, hearing loss and sleep apneas. But after a lot of hard work, more hospital stays and hundreds of appointments, he has started walking and talking before 2 years old!

We have created a page ‘Babykins Hope’ for him on Facebook and Instagram to help raise awareness about prematurity, PPROM, influenza and cerebral palsy."

Thank you Amrita for sharing your family story and helping to spread awareness for better health outcomes for newborns.

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