The new chiropractic doctor Alison Kirbyson is set to give birth to her son, a boy she had to leave to undergo a caesarean section after her baby was born with a congenital heart defect.
Ms Kirbaly said the surgery to remove the defect in her son’s spine had taken her more than a year to get right.
Ms Kibbyson said she had hoped to make her son one of the first to have a congenitally affected spine.
But she said she was forced to leave him in the care of a family member after her son suffered a severe head injury in a car accident.
“I couldn’t be there for him, and it was just really upsetting and frustrating and I had to have this decision made for me, and I couldn’t go through that again,” she said.
Ms Kirbys son, Alex, is now healthy and able to move about freely.
After the surgery, she said her son was “a little bit out of it”, but he had recovered fully.
She said the doctors who performed the surgery have helped her to rebuild her life.
The family’s financial situation has been tough, she explained, as she has to pay for a range of things including childcare, housing, medical treatment and bills.
I’m struggling with a lot of things, she admitted.
Alex is now one of four children from a previous marriage.
My son, he’s still a little bit like me, but now he’s doing well, she told the ABC.
However, Ms Kirby said the stress from the accident and the surgery meant she had not been able to afford the medical bills.
Ms Kirby’s mother is now worried about how the medical costs will be paid.
In December last year, Ms Kirby said she received an email from her daughter, saying she would not be able to cover the cost of a spinal fusion procedure until after her husband was discharged.
A spokesman for the New South Wales Health Department said it would not comment on individual cases.
ABC/AAPTopics:health,family-and-children,childbirth,birth-and‑fetal-health,children,community-and–society,nsw,australiaFirst posted February 21, 2019 19:21:08Contact Anna CrouchMore stories from New South Australia