This author Kate Russ-Daly has created 23 entries.

20 Feb

2013 – 2014 Presidents Report

Thank you to all those who attended our Annual General Meeting on November 9th this year. It was great to catch up with everyone at the Neutral Bay Club where we were generously given a place to meet once again. The highlight of the meeting was the discussion surrounding congenital CMV led by Professor William Rawlinson AM, Director of both the Virology Research Laboratory and SEALS Microbiology (Virology division), The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. In reviewing our activities we have...

20 Feb

AGM Treasurers Report 8 November 2014

Congenital CMV Association of Australia AGM Treasurers Report 8 November 2014 For year ended 30th June 2014   On behalf of the Board I am pleased to present the Associations financial report for year ended 30th June 2014.  See attachments 1 & 2 for financials for this year. The current bank balance is $2,180.08. The Association has made a profit of $1,880.00.  This was made up purely of donations.  A generous one off donation of $1,000 thanks to Jen and John Higginson (Kate’s relatives) and $880...

17 Feb


Next week my little princess Amelie Scarlet will turn 2. What a journey these last 2 years have been. We have experienced depths of sorrow that I didn’t know were possible to utter elation and incredible joy. As a tribute to the amazing little girl she has become and to the wonderful friends, family and health professionals who have helped us every step of the way I wanted to share her story! It is long but if you do have...

17 Feb


Cruz My dream as I was growing up was to be a mum, and in 2004 that dream came true…  I found out I was pregnant and I couldn’t wait to meet my little baby. My pregnancy was strange all the way through I thought, when I raised my concerns to my OB he told me I was probably panicking over nothing and to try not to stress about it anymore. I was 33 weeks when after a routine ultrasound found the...

17 Feb

Chantelle & Kaiden

Chantelle & Kaiden My partner and I decided to start trying for a baby in September 2006 but we officially started in October 2006… When my next period due date started getting close I couldn’t help but do a test about a week before I was due. When it turned out to be negative, I was stupidly devastated. It was completely unrealistic of me to have thought it would happen that fast. So I then assumed it would happen between then...

17 Feb

Dannielle & Marnie

Dannielle & Marnie Hi, my name is Dannielle and I have 4 beautiful and individual girls. Marnie is 17, Caitlyn is 14, Paige is 10 and Olivia is 7. My eldest daughter, Marnie, has CCMV. When I was pregnant I was living with my aunty who had a newborn baby whom I adored and did everything for as when he was 2 months old my aunty found out she was pregnant again. So, I took my cousin everywhere, even with my...

17 Feb


Mia Well, Mia’s story is a long one so I will try and condense it for you. Mia is now 3 years old and has had more than 30 hospital admissions and 4 operations since birth and has been on many medications all due to CMV. Mia was born at 34 weeks gestation and had no symptoms at birth. She weighed only 4 pounds 1 ounce. Mia spent 3 weeks in NICU and on day 2 started becoming very jaundiced and...

17 Feb


Marcus First of all I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Nicole and my son is named Marcus. Marcus was born at 38 weeks, weighing 6pound 13ounces from an emergency ceaser as he was going into distress. When delivered he was not breathing, tachycardic, and after resuscitating they noticed he had an enlarged spleen and low platelet count. This was because of CMV. He was taken to the neo-natal ward and extensive tests were done. My son looked like a pin cushion....

17 Feb

William & Emmaline

William & Emmaline When my husband, Hugh, & I were told that we were expecting twins at our 7 week ultrasound we were nervous and worried about how we were going to manage but we were also very excited and looked forward to completing our family and welcoming two wonderful new miracles into our lives. My pregnancy was hard work as most of them are. I was pregnant with twins, I had morning sickness in the first trimester, extreme fatigue in all...