Balga mother to take six-month-old premature twins on Walk for Prems 2018

Daniela Bianco (Balga) with twins Mattia and Manuel. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Daniela Bianco (Balga) with twins Mattia and Manuel. Picture: Martin Kennealey

BALGA mother Daniela Bianco and her family are raising awareness of premature births ahead of the Walk for Prems 2018, after her premature twins spent 86 days in hospital.

Ms Bianco has joined fellow mothers to form the Neomates team, which is raising funds for charity Life’s Little Treasures Foundation ahead of the walk, held at the South Perth foreshore on October 28.

The walk supports the 48,000 premature or sick babies born in Australia every year.

Her twin sons Mattia and Manuel were born 13 weeks early on March 29 at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

The boys developed twin anemia-polycythemia sequence, which involved unequal blood counts and an imbalance in red blood cells and hemoglobin.

Mattia was donating all his blood to Manuel, which affected the latter’s organs and caused blood clots.

After a lengthy stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), they returned home on June 20 for their sister Grace’s second birthday.

Ms Bianco said she and her husband would be taking the whole family to the event.

“It is also a way of catching up with some other mums and just bringing awareness to premature babies and the NICU experience,” she said.

“It will probably be the first outing for the twins – we are all doing it.

“There are so many charities out there and this one has come close to me because of what they did (at the hospital).

“We were in the hospital during Easter, Mother’s Day and there was always some sort of gift, something to celebrate and donations they have made.”

Her tip for mothers of premature babies was to “trust the doctors” but also “follow your mother’s instinct”.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel – it is not forever,” she said.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Walk for Prems 2018

Where: Sir James Mitchell Park, Zone 8, off Coode Street, South Perth Esplanade, South Perth Foreshore

When: October 28, 9.30am

Cost: $27 for adults, $15 for children and $8 for babies

Register: www.walkforprems.org.au

Information: https://secure.lifeslittletreasuresfundraising.com.au/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?TeamID=110604#&panel1-3