Work colleagues, family and friends are coming together to help a Kalgoorlie-Boulder family in the fight to save the life of their five-month-old child.
Lauren Copping and Devro Matekuare welcomed baby girl Zara Deyana-Jay Matekuare into their lives on August 13.
Zara was born three months premature. Just 28 weeks into her pregnancy on August 8, Lauren went to see her local doctor with concerns about Zara’s health.
Lauren was given reflux tablets and sent home.
On August 13 Lauren went to the hospital feeling worse.
“Her (Zara’s) heart rate kept dropping and I could tell the nurses were worried, but they weren’t letting on,” Lauren recalled.
“They brought a doctor in to do an ultrasound and he said it wasn’t looking good and that we needed to get her out.”
Friends of Lauren and Devro will be raising funds to help support the family as they have gone the past two months without pay. At the Waitangi Day celebrations on February 10, friends will be holding a stall to raise funds and all money from the hangi will also be given to the family.A quiz night will also be held on February 16. To assist the family phone Penn Albert on 0427 387 786, Corina Vodden on 0488 905 120 or Esther Blake on 0427 323 520.
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