Save a life for Foxx

Save a life for Foxx

Every year since the birth of our son on the 26th of March, 2017 we have continued to share our hearts open and raw.
Letting you in to what is our world now encompassed equally of joy but weighed heavily by grief gives me the opportunity to create awareness on an illness that takes the lives of many babies, many more than just my first born son.

In a short summary; Group B Streptococcus – Sepsis was the very illness that took the life of Foxx John Fitzgerald. Born at 38 + 6 weeks gestation I had completed a swab for the bacteria just weeks prior that showed a negative result. In such a transient bacteria that may be present in one moment and not the next a negative result is as common as a positive. The difference between the two is that one woman may be positive at time of birth; I was that woman, unknowingly.

This meant that our son’s life started with a struggle and hours after birth he began to struggle. We could see something wasn’t right and after being deemed very ill and taken to NICU for life support to help him through we ultimately lost him on day three due to the bacteria.

To this day – Midwifes, Doctors and some Obstetricians will continue to encourage you against having a swab to find out if you are positive or negative. To them, it is highly unlikely you will be positive at birth if you read a positive result prior. This is true. It is highly unlikely, like a lot of illnesses you test for in pregnancy.

However, there is still a chance. A chance you may be positive and while it could be you that has a child who births a Group B Streptococcus positive child the chances of them passing are even less likely. We were unlucky; it still happens though almost everyday that someone loses their newborn to it and if they don’t then often the child grows up with a disability like hearing loss, brain damage, blindness and conditions you don’t ever want to risk your child having.

If you have the choice, then choose to test for Group B Streptococcus not once, not twice but three times. 

Choose to test from 24 weeks onwards, take action as a mother and don’t settle for the words ‘It is highly unlikely’. I would give anything to be reading a post like this. I read a notice about the bacteria before I swabbed for it. I swabbed with no concern in my mind. No concern was instilled in me. If I read something like this, I would’ve tested more. I would’ve allowed myself to get a positive. I would have had the opportunity to protect my baby.

 

In honour of what would be the 3rd Birthday of our son Foxx. I ask, please donate blood.

Blood transfusions are lifesaving and even for a newborn like Foxx when there was a shortage Australia-wide meant that for him, this valuable lifesaving free to give part of ourself was delayed more hours than a worried parent would ever hope. There are many more parents out there and adults in fact that need this one thing money can’t buy – blood.

 

There is a RedCross Australia Red25 Group created in honour of Foxx called FORFOXX. When you mention this when donating to your local RedCross Australia Organisation it puts a tally against Foxx of how many lives he has saved. This is your way, to help us, remember him, create awareness about testing multiple times in pregnancy for Group B Strep while saving the lives of others together.

 

In March 2019 we saved 171 lives in honour of Foxx, lets beat that together. 

 

 

 

For more information about group b strep please visit the website here. 

 



2 thoughts on “Save a life for Foxx”

  • I had a swab done with my first and tested positive so I had the antibiotic drip during labour all seemed ok until 48 hours after bubs arrival that he was rushed to special care to have multiple blood tests run and sent away in fear I had passed on the strep B after spending 48 hours on an antibiotic drip he was cleared, nurses were supposed to check his vitals constantly for the first 48 hours of his life because of the strep B but they didn’t and the last check he was to receive the nurse noticed his breathing wasn’t right and forced the special care nurses to hook him up to the machines and check which is when everything changed so quickly. We were lucky and had the nurse not pushed he may be Avery sick boy or not even be here. For my second bub my obstetrician didn’t bother doing a swab she just said because I was positive for my first I would have the same antibiotic drip that I had with my first just to be safe. Like you I knew nothing about what it meant or what it was until everything changed so quick and we were lucky. I cannot imagine what you have had to endure and you’re so brave and inspiring 😊

    • Oh that is so terrifying and you are so lucky to have such a wonderful nurse! I am glad your little one is okay x

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