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QLD Health Minister: my newborn baby almost died - change your hospital policies now

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My baby girl has permanent neurological harm because our hospital failed to conduct critical bacteria tests during my pregnancy. It’s frightening - QLD is the only state where the procedure isn’t mandatory, risking death and severe injury to newborns everyday.  

At just 7 weeks old my baby girl had a seizure. Kori’s tiny body convulsed as I waited anxiously for the ambulance.

They were terrifying words - “Kori might die”. She had contracted ‘Group B Streptococcal’, a bacteria in pregnant women that risks causing blood poisoning, death, meningitis and permanent brain damage in newborns.

But Kori shouldn’t be suffering - Strep B is preventable by a simple swab test. It is absolutely criminal that QLD haven’t regulated it - if Mater Mothers hospital conducted the tests they should have, Kori would be safe.  

Now her health is forever handicapped because of an irresponsible government oversight - I am angry and hurt. This is unfair on her and all other children who have suffered brain injury or worse because hospitals are looking to cut costs.

I am desperate to prevent other mother’s from feeling my heartache - our beautiful babies deserve to be protected. I am calling on Health Minister Cameron Dick to protect our vulnerable newborns - urgently make Group B Strep tests mandatory in QLD.



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