Graphic: Juarne

"I'm 26 weeks pregnant. It's too early to give birth."

Date published

30 Jan 2020

Juarne was in labour at only 26 weeks pregnant.

She was experiencing immense pain and did not know what was wrong, the doctor at Broken Hill Hospital told her she was fully dilated and ready to have her baby.

Barely halfway through her pregnancy, Juarne was terrified.

The nearest major hospital in Adelaide, where neonatal specialists were, was eight hours drive. They wouldn’t make it, flying was the only option.

For families living in remote, rural and regional Australia, unexpected medical emergencies can mean that lives, like that of a mother and her unborn child, are at risk.

Families like Juarne’s rely on the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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