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New mum feels lucky
Jennelle McAppion has her hands full with her now 16-week-
old triplets Adam, Jackson and Ryan. Photo: Matt Bedford
Jennelle McAppion was
overwhelmed with elation after
falling pregant following seven
years of trying.
Advanced IVF treatment
made conception possible and
she was blessed with triplets.
Her joy soon gave way to
fear when she was told her
children might not survive.
"They were talking about
eliminating the twins,'' she
said. "We went from elation to
absolute devastation. I thought
my goodness, it has taken us
this long to fall pregnant and
now you want to take them
away from us.
"My husband and I made a
pact ... if there weren't any
issues up to 12 weeks we'd
continue with the pregnancy.''
She would not only surpass
the 12 weeks, she would exceed
all expectations for the triplets
and make it to 34 weeks before
a C-section was necessary.
Although they were still
premature there were no
The three boys, Adam,
Jackson and Ryan, are now 16
weeks old and healthy.
Ms McAppion said it had
been a very emotional journey.
Her family will scores of
others on Walk for Prems, a
major fundraiser for the Life's
Little Treasures Foundation,
which supports the families of
premature or sick babies, on
Australian Institute of Health
and Welfare statistics show
about 8 per cent of babies in
Australia are born premature.
The risk of premature babies
having severe ongoing health
problems or worse, and the
strain it puts on couples, is very
"I've come across many
couples who are not so
fortunate, couples who lost
their babies or who have sick
babies as a result of a premature
birth,'' Ms McAppion said.
One mother she met lost all
three of her triplets.
"I could not imagine going
through all that turmoil ... and
at the end have nothing,'' Ms
McAppion said. It really
made me quite upset.''
Ms McAppion is walking for
her three boys and for the
families who weren't so lucky.
The Canberra event will
take place on October 26 at
Lake Tuggeranong town
park. For more information,
or to support the even,t visit
Call for free access to PCs, internet
Cyclist speed limits, smoking bans at bus stops
and subsidised mobile phone plans for seniors
are suggestions being taken on board by the
ACT government after the second Older Persons
Assembly last Wednesday.
Other recommendations made by 59
delegates included off-peak mini-buses
servicing suburbs and major centres, a code of
practice for cyclists and free access for seniors
to computers and the internet. Minister for
Ageing Mick Gentlemen promised to take on
board the ideas and discussion generated from
"ACT politicians, government policy makers
and observers from the senior's community ...
will listen to your ideas and your concerns, and
importantly, the substance of your debates as
each resolution is dealt with," he said.
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