Brave Tot Who Was Born With Just 35ml Of ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ In Her Body Defies Odds To Celebrate First Birthday
Courageous girl was born with just TWO tablespoons of ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ – a seventh of most newborns – after not moving for two days inside the womb. A BABY who was born with more water in her body than ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ has been dubbed a “ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ” after ʙᴇᴀᴛɪɴɢ the odds to celebrate her first birthday.
Her mother, Maria Sanders, 32, had to undergo the ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ procedure on October 20 when medics noticed that her baby wasn’t moving inside the womb. Doctors had told Maria and her partner Chris Morrison, 33, to expect the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ but their little girl managed to pull through with the family set to celebrate her first birthday next week.
Maria, a mother-of-three, told the Hull Daily Mail: “It’s brilliant. We are just the luckiest people in the world. I would never class myself as unlucky again after seeing what Frankie went through. I still cannot believe the baby is sat in front of me after everything she has been through.
“She has been through so much, but here she is now sat still shaking her rattle and shouting away like any one-year-old. She is so brave. She is a little toughie and our soldier. Everything that was thrown at her she just batted it out the park. She really is an amazing girl.”
She said: “When I came around from the ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ I could see people standing around me crying. I thought I had lost her. They said she had been having breathing difficulties and told us in a roundabout way that I had to go to see her because it’s not looking good. They said they didn’t hold out much hope for her.”
Doctors had told the family a priest was available if they wanted the child to be ʙʟᴇssᴇᴅ.
Maria continued: “I went up to her and there was this chubby little eight pound baby who was so ʙʟᴏᴀᴛᴇᴅ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ sʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ ɪɴsᴛᴇᴀᴅ ᴏF ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ɪɴsɪᴅᴇ her.”
After Frankie’s condition had been stabilised she was flown to a hospital in Leicester so doctors could put her on a specialist life-support machine. Medics were sceptical about the tot’s chances of a good quality life and warned the parents that it was possible Frankie could be ᴘᴇʀᴍᴀɴᴇɴᴛʟʏ ᴡʜᴇᴇʟᴄʜᴀɪʀ-ʙᴏᴜɴᴅ or ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇᴅ. But her condition improved during the helicopter ride meaning she could be flown back to hospital in Hull after just three days of specialist ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ in Leicester.
With Frankie’s birthday in just five days’ time, Maria paid tribute to the doctors and nurses who sᴀᴠᴇᴅ her daughter’s life.
She said: “I just want to thank all the staff, because without them she would not be here. They are amazing people, absolutely amazing. They are ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ workers in that ᴡᴀʀᴅ. They don’t get enough recognition for what they do. We feel so lucky because we saw so, so many sᴀᴅ things in those three weeks but to walk out with Frankie is the best feeling in the world, and it is down to them.”