Gold Coast Bulletin
A mOTHER who battled to bring her child to full term while undergoing cancer treatment has given birth in a car donated by a supporter.
Laura Murphy underwent months of chemotherapy while pregnant and was advised to have the baby induced at 28 weeks.
But the 29-year-old was determined to give her daughter the best chance of survival, even it came at the cost of her own health.
Mrs Murphy had Lydian Sage Murphy on Friday night beside Christine Avenue just 50 minutes before the baby’s full-term date.
Her husband Jay had been taking Laura to hospital when Lydian was born in the back seat of a Holden Commodore.
The car had been donated during a fundraising drive to help the couple during Laura’s treatment for aggressive breast cancer.
“I screamed at Jay to pull over and he said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘because I’m having the baby right now’,” Mrs Murphy said.
“He had a look and saw a head and said ‘you’re going to have to push, it’s here’.
“He rang the ambulance to say she’s had the baby and literally just put her on me.”
The mother of three underwent chemotherapy until her 32nd week of pregnancy but refused to have Lydian induced prematurely if the baby was doing well.
“I was so persistent and wouldn’t let them take her because I wanted a healthy baby,” Mrs Murphy said.
She will now wait six weeks before resuming chemotherapy and undergoing tests.
Lydian will rely on donated breast milk because Mrs Murphy had both her breasts removed.
The couple want to thank the two cars that stopped on Friday night after Jay frantically tried to wave passing motorists down.
“They just drove past and didn’t stop, it was shocking,” Mrs Murphy said.
Someone eventually gave the couple towels.
She was home within four hours of the birth.
“I’m not sad I had her in the car because it was quick and over and done with and my husband got to deliver her,” Mrs Murphy said.
“After all that we’ve been through we delivered our baby by ourselves in the car we were given. I’m stoked.”