Coast mum's cry for help after horrific start to parenthood
A COAST mother in desperate need has finally reached out for help in a bid to ease her three-year-old daughter's daily suffering.
Lauren Taylor was traumatised after the complicated birth of little Isabella, who was born at just 29 weeks old.
The Palmwoods mother was in undetected labour for a painful 15 hours, forcing doctors to perform an emergency caesarean.
Before she could understand what was happening, little Issy was taken from her mother's hands and placed in ICU, where she would stay for three months.
After finally being given the go ahead to take Issy home, the worst of her problems were still to come.
Ms Taylor began to notice small things when her daughter was 10 months old.
"She wasn't doing things a normal baby her age would do," Ms Taylor said.
"She couldn't roll over, sit up straight or even hold onto things...she still can't today."
After taking her to see several specialists, Issy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. But there was something else.
"One doctor told us something wasn't right," Ms Taylor said.
"We were sent to Brisbane where specialists did studies on her brain.
"They found she had suffered a severe brain injury at birth that would affect her for the rest of her life."
Issy has the body of a smiling, happy toddler, but the functionality of a newborn.
Doctors don't expect much to change as she grows.
"This is her life now," Ms Taylor said.
"Every day we get ready for a different appointment; whether it's physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy or something else.
"Issy can't walk or talk, she requires me to do everything for her."
Before this life, Ms Taylor was diving head first into her career as a registered nurse
Now she rarely has time for herself.
"It's very full on," she said. "This is not what you would expect parenting to be like."
Issy was recently given a power wheelchair to help her get around and Ms Taylor said it had changed her daughter's life.
The only problem is without a wheelchair accessible car, Issy cannot use it out in public, at school or out and about in the community.
Ms Taylor said it nearly "killed her" to do it, but has asked the Coast community to help fundraise towards buying a wheelchair accessible car for her daughter.
"The time had come for me to put my pride aside and ask everyone I knew for help," she said.
"Issy has dyskinetic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, seizures, strabismus, constant hip dislocations, pain in her muscles, difficulty controlling her temper and sensory processing disorder.
"She is quite literally trapped inside her own body.
"The wheelchair allows Issy to have even the smallest amount of control and independence in her life.
"We need the wheelchair accessible car so as she gets older and grows bigger she can be mobile, get to her appointments and have some kind of life.
"At the moment when we need to go anywhere she has to be strapped to a car seat and then to get her from the car to where we need to go is a huge struggle in itself."
The single mother made a GoFundMe page for people to donate to, if they wished. To help, head to: https://www.gofundme.com/567cvs8.