In Australia, Bree O’Malley was thrilled to find out she was pregnant with triplets, especially since she had previously suffered five miscarriages. Due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis and a prolapsed uterus, doctors gave her and her husband, Brendan, only a 20% chance of ever having children.
Unfortunately, the good news about the babies was soon dampened when the 24-year-old found out she had ovarian cancer. At 18-weeks she was told that her cancer was stage two and that she needed to start chemotherapy. Bree decided to wait to begin treatment until after giving birth because her doctors said the triplets would be strong enough for delivery at 32-weeks.
Then, at 21 weeks, she found out that she had pre-eclampsia, which was causing her kidneys and liver to fail. Her doctors ordered that she go on complete bed rest and wait for her babies to arrive. To make matter worse, now she’s been told she has a blood virus.
She explained, “I had my bloods done regularly because I’m insulin-resistant and the tests showed I had the CMV virus in my blood. I didn’t even know what it was but since then I’ve contacted a lot of people offering support because if CMV is passed on to children they could have learning difficulties, blindness and deafness.”
Remarkably, all these complications have not stopped the O’Malley’s from holding onto hope and preparing for their new babies. Bree said, “I have to stay positive. I’m just so lucky that I’m pregnant at all. And when you hear the heartbeats, none of it matters. As soon as you find out you have something growing inside of you, you become a mother in that instant. I truly believe that, and like any mother, I would prefer to see my babies survive than worry about my health.”
Additionally, she’s learned not to worry about the future too much. She said, “I’ll worry about the chemo later. There are days when I just haven’t wanted to get out of bed and thought what’s the point? But we have had five miscarriages, so finding out I was pregnant was just amazing for my husband and I. We feel so blessed. It’s just one foot in front of the other.”
Bree is expecting her babies any day now. She concluded, “I’m so lucky I have my husband and my family around me. I’m so lucky to be pregnant. I could go in a week, I could go tomorrow, it’s exciting.”