Defence Family Matters : May 2017
DFMMay2017 11 GOING FROM EXPECTING TO THE UNEXPECTED TAMARA ROBINSON 11 Last year, when Elise Zanoni found herself going into labour more than ten weeks early, her husband was on deployment in Afghanistan. Elise grew up in Wagga Wagga where she met Wayne, who was a resource manager based at Kapooka at the time. They posted to Wodonga where they lived for ten years, raising Isabella, 13, Samuel, 11, and Maddison, 10. Life was relatively straight forward for the family, who were eagerly expecting twins. They just didn’t anticipate Elise going into labour while Wayne was still in Afghanistan, or for their lives to be turned upside down by an emergency caesarean to save the lives of their babies. Their identical twins were born in Wodonga and immediately flown to Melbourne, where they would spend the next two weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit. Two days after surgery, Elise discharged herself and travelled to Melbourne Defence families expect postings, deployments and EVEN LIVING APART FOR A WHILE. What you may never plan for is GOING THROUGH A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY ON YOUR OWN.