Last week, Jasmine Stefanovic and husband Karl Stefanovic experienced any parents’ worst nightmare when they had to rush daughter Harper, two, to hospital. But it seems that the tiny tot is on the mend now after receiving medical care, with Jasmine seen taking Harper out for a day at the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Brisbane.

Jasmine, 38, was every inch the doting mother as she played with Harper on the swings on Wednesday and stepped out with friends. The shoe designer kept things causal in a pair of black leggings, which she teamed with a black jacket. 

Jasmine grabbed a takeaway coffee and toted a Louis Vuitton bag. She kept Harper warm against the chill in a Disney sweater and lilac sweat pants. On Friday, Karl Stefanovic revealed on the Today show that he was left ‘panicked’ and ‘feeling guilty’ after daughter Harper, two, was rushed to hospital earlier that week.

The 47-year-old explained on Friday how his daughter had ‘the sniffles and a small cough’ on Wednesday, which led to him and wife Jasmine, 38, taking her to the GP. But her condition soon deteriorated, with her temperature reaching a dangerous 40°C and her heart rate racing to 200bpm.

She was then rushed to hospital in an ambulance and diagnosed with a respiratory syncytial virus, which are common in children in the winter months. ‘Two days ago, my daughter Harper had what’s she had so many times this year, a sniffle and a small cough,’ Karl told Today show viewers.

‘Within a few hours we gave her Nurofen and Panadol like advised and put her down for a sleep. ‘When she woke up she was breathing really quickly, wheezing, and her heart rate and temperature were through the roof.’

Karl went on to explain that things quickly went from bad to worse, with little Harper eventually ending up in hospital. ‘So we took her to our GP who was brilliant,’ he said.

‘But within a couple of minutes her condition deteriorated, her temperature was more than 40 [degrees] and her heartbeat was climbing over 200bpm. We were really worried.’

The breakfast TV anchor explained how the ‘incredible’ GP was able to stabilise her with a nebuliser and called an ambulance. ‘From the ambulance, the ambulance officers were incredible,’ he continued.

‘At North Shore Hospital, more doctors worked on her and she was admitted after several hours to emergency. ‘They did an incredible job and the hospital staff were unbelievable.’

Karl said he was sharing his family’s ordeal to show solidarity with the ‘thousands of parents in similar situations’ during the winter flu season. ‘We felt guilty. We should have taken her straight to the hospital, we took her to the GP first,’ he added.

The Channel Nine star has three older children with his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn: sons River, 15, and Jackson, 22, and daughter Willow, 16. 


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