Baby Isabella born at 29 weeks keeps fighting 8 months on
WHEN Lauren Taylor had labour pains at 29 weeks pregnant, she was terrified.
Lauren was afraid of how her baby was going to survive and knew it was "just too early" for her to enter the world.
But before Lauren knew it, Isabella was born and began fighting for her life.
Isabella was due in May, but arrived on February 12 at the Cairns Hospital via emergency caesarean after Lauren went into premature labour.
She weighed only 1200g.
"(When she was first born) I could go and look at her through the glass and after seven days I was able to hold her... it was amazing and really emotional for me," Lauren said.
"You just want to be able to help them, hold them and touch them, but you know they are so little they can't cope yet."
After nine weeks in hospital and weighing 2200g, Isabella and her mum moved to Yeppoon to be closer to family, as Isabella will need support as she faces challenges ahead in life.
Isabella, now eight months old, was diagnosed with dystonic cerebral palsy due to lack of oxygen to her brain during or leading up to her delivery.
Lauren said her daughter's condition was life-long and incurable.
"It affects movement, co-ordination and muscle tone; and it's becoming more apparent now she's becoming bigger," Lauren said.
Lauren has started a gofundme campaign to hopefully raise enough money to take her daughter to a cerebral palsy research and treatment centre in America.
Lauren said Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare was one of the world's top cerebral palsy centres and would give Isabella the best opportunity in life.
Lauren's goal is to raise $10,000 to get her there.
Isabella faces daily challenges with movement.
"She's generally happy, but struggles, it can be frustrating for her," Lauren said.
"She can't pick up a toy; it's heartbreaking for me to watch.
"We have pretty good days, we go to the beach and I try to take her out and about.
"We're doing okay, but it's a helpless feeling and you look for answers or solutions and there's nothing."
To donate to Lauren and Isabella, head to gofundme and search "Isabella's Story" or use the link gofundme.com/u583jeqk.
Dystonic cerebral palsy
No two people will be affected by dystonic cerebral palsy in the same way
Difficulty controlling movements of the face, tongue, throat and muscles of respiration
This will affect someone's facial expressions, speech, eating and drinking