South Coast woman’s shock diagnosis before discovering she was pregnant with twins

Theresa McGovern with members of her family. Picture: Celest Ouahi
Theresa McGovern with members of her family. Picture: Celest Ouahi

Theresa McGovern and her family are well known for their generous spirit and willingness to lend a hand in times of need. Now, Theresa’s life has taken an unexpected turn and it is she who is in need.

The South Coast mother-of-four was diagnosed with an aneurysm on the brain six weeks before finding out she was pregnant with twins. One month ago on doctors orders, she left her family behind in Eden to be close to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.

If they didn’t find this aneurysm and Theresa just went ahead and had the twins then there was a possibility she could have died during labour.

“I was released from Bega hospital on the condition that I go directly to the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney,” Theresa said.

She said she must stay within the vicinity of the hospital where she is close for regular observation and in case of an emergency. 

Theresa’s mother Joy-anne McGovern was treated with an aneurysm three years ago. Through experience she has an understanding of the dangers involved.

Ms McGovern said it was “lucky” that doctors sent Theresa off for a scan after enduring headaches for a period of time. Often aneurysms can go undetected until they rupture. 

“If they didn’t find this aneurysm and Theresa just went ahead and had the twins then there was a possibility she could have died during labour,” Ms McGovern said. 

Theresa’s four children and her husband Andrew travel back and forth from Eden to Sydney on weekends to be by her side. It is expected Theresa will be in Sydney until at least November.

When Eron Coleiro and Celest Ouahi found out their childhood friend was in need, they knew they could count on the generosity of local community to help out. Together the sisters created a Gofundme page to raise money to cover the unexpected medical and travel costs.

Ms Coleiro is no stranger to the costs of hospital treatment and the strength of community. At age 12, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, she spent her teenage years in and out of Sydney Children’s Hospital. The community rallied around her and raised funds to cover costs of treatment and travel. 

“Without the community’s support I probably wouldn’t be here today to talk about it,” Ms Colero said. 

“Theresa is such a hard worker and doesn’t know when to stop. She would pretty much do anything for her community, she has such a big heart. This is something we can do for her to relieve the burden,” Ms Coleiro said.