Aftershock follows mum's rocky day
A pregnant Ward woman who jumped on top of her 18-month-old daughter to protect her during Friday's quake was taken to hospital the following morning with suspected appendicitis.
Ward farming couple Sarah and Sam Kersten hid behind a quad bike after going out to check on livestock when the 6.6 magnitude quake struck at 2.31pm.
Mrs Kersten, a well-known singer in Marlborough under her maiden name of Sarah Brown, is 18 weeks pregnant.
She and her husband sheltered baby Eliza behind the bike as an avalanche of large rocks "the size of wheelie bins" raced past them.
The family left Ward right after the quake and drove to Blenheim to stay with Mrs Kersten's parents.
The next morning, Mrs Kersten woke up with intense stomach pains.
"I was pretty much doubled over in pain," she said.
Her initial thoughts were that something was going on with her unborn baby.
She went to the emergency department at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim and was told her symptoms were typical of appendicitis.
Because of her pregnancy, doctors were unable to operate.
She stayed in hospital for two nights and was discharged yesterday morning.
"I was in complete agony," she said. "I still don't feel 100 per cent but I feel heaps better."
Mrs Kersten had not returned to the family's home in Ward but family members went to clean up the mess on Sunday.
The wiring in the roof was damaged, the water cylinder had completely come away and the walls would need to be replastered.
She planned on staying in Blenheim for the next two weeks until their home was repaired.
Mr Kersten was back working yesterday and baby Eliza was happy with her grandparents in Blenheim, Mrs Kersten said.
- The Marlborough Express