Mum and ‘miracle’ son takes part in Walk for Prems

Danae Florias of Morley with her two year son Xavier.  Picture: David Baylis.    www.communitypix.com.au  d496266
Danae Florias of Morley with her two year son Xavier. Picture: David Baylis. www.communitypix.com.au d496266

WHEN Morley resident Danae Florias found out she was pregnant, she did not know if her son could be born.

Living with antiphospholipid syndrome, she was told by her doctors that she might not be able to give birth.

But she defied the odds to give birth to Xavier at 29 weeks, who weighed 1.03kg.

The single mother, who had open heart surgery last year, will be taking part in the 2019 Walk for Prems at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth on October 27.

The walk is the largest annual fundraiser for the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation; a charity dedicated to supporting the families of babies born sick or before 37 weeks.

Danae Florias of Morley with her two year son Xavier. Picture: David Baylis

Ms Florias said her two-year-old son was her “miracle”.

“I have got antiphospholipid syndrome, which is a blood-clotting disorder so the body naturally rejects anything,” she said.

“You are prone to miscarriages and not having any babies.

“When I did find out that I was pregnant with Xavier, I was like ‘I’ll see how I go’.

“I couldn’t get excited and I was put with the high-risk team from five weeks pregnancy.

“They said ‘you might make it, you might not…if you get to 20 weeks, we’ll go from there’.

“Some people don’t even get one (baby) so I am very lucky.”

She wanted to raise awareness and money for people who were in similar situations.

“If we can all give up a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and donate that money, it all helps,” she said.

“It makes such a difference.”

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