Miracle Pʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ Baby Born At 1lb 15oz Kept ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ After Doctors Put Her In Sandwich Bag
Faith Findlay was born by ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ C-Sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ in James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, three months before her due date – and had to spend 79 days in the neonatal intensive care unit.
A baby born 15 weeks early was so tiny that doctors put her in a sandwich bag to mimic being in the womb. Faith Findlay was born by an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ C-Sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ after just 26 weeks of pregnancy and weighed only 1lb 15oz. She was delivered at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough an entire three months before her due date in September 2020. Baby Faith was immediately placed into a see-through sandwich bag by doctors as a strategy to keep her warm. The bag resembles being in her mum’s ᴡᴏᴍʙ, ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄs said.
Mum Vanessa Findlay told Yahoo News : “They put her in this little bag to keep her warm and to ᴍɪᴍɪᴄ ᴍʏ ᴡᴏᴍʙ. I was so sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ at how small she was.”
She had to be rushed to intensive care as soon as she was born, while her parents were given the news she ᴍᴀʏ ɴᴏᴛ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ɪᴛ. The newborn was found to have a ʜᴏʟᴇ ɪɴ ʜᴇʀ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʙʀᴀɪɴ ʟᴇsɪᴏɴ, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ɪs ᴀ sᴘᴏᴛ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴘᴏssɪʙʟʏ sɪɢɴᴀʟʟɪɴɢ ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ.
Vanessa, who is 32 and works as a waitress, and her husband Kurt, also 32, said they were overjoyed to have their little one at home with them after a ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛᴇʀʀɪFʏɪɴɢ first few months.The mum, who has two other children, had sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ Fʀᴏᴍ ʜʏᴘᴇʀᴇᴍᴇsɪs ɢʀᴀᴠɪᴅᴀʀᴜᴍ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ʜᴇʀ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴄᴀᴜsᴇs ʀᴇɢᴜʟᴀʀ ʜᴏʀʀɪFɪᴄ ᴠᴏᴍɪᴛɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴀᴜsᴇᴀ. She had to be on bed rest for most of it.
“It was such a ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ pregnancy and I was always sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ I was going to lose her,” she said.
Vanessa discovered she was pregnant with Faith in May 2020 . Sadly she had ʟᴏsᴛ babies before and so was ᴅᴇᴇᴍᴇᴅ ʜɪɢʜ ʀɪsᴋ. She was having frequent scans and at 19 weeks doctors found she had little to no ᴄᴇʀᴠɪx left and she needed ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ so it could be sᴛɪᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ ᴄʟᴏsᴇᴅ. Vanessa’s waters actually ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ at 22 weeks and they brought her into hospital trying to keep the baby inside her for as long at possible. She managed to hang on for another three weeks before her ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs started.
“They had to take my stitches out first and then in 15 minutes she was out. I was so relieved when I heard a little cry,” Vanessa described.
The new parents got to see Faith later that day, and Vanessa said she had no idea if her daughter would make it. But baby Faith was able to go home in December 2020 and while she still has ᴀ ʜᴏʟᴇ ɪɴ ʜᴇʀ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ she is doing well.