One Of Britain’s Most ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ Babies Born At Weighing 1lb 3oz At 24 Weeks Sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇs After Being Covered In Bubble Wrap
ONE of Britain’s most ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ babies who was born weighing just 1lb 30z sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ after being covered in bubble wrap.Little Sophia-Rose was born 14 weeks ᴇᴀʀʟʏ and given just a 20 per cent chance of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ by concerned ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄs.
Tɪɴʏ Sophie-Rose was whisked straight into intensive care after being born at 2am on May 20 and was put on a ᴠᴇɴᴛɪʟᴀᴛᴏʀ ᴛᴏ ʜᴇʟᴘ ʜᴇʀ ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ. She was wrapped from head-to-toe in bubble wrap and placed in an incubator in a bid to keep the ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ tot warm.
Doctors warned her devastated family it was touch-and-go after the Tɪɴʏ baby developed a ʙʀᴀɪɴ ʙʟᴇᴇᴅ and was given just a 20 per cent chance of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ. But her defiant parents are determined to bring their newborn home by Christmas as she continues to ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴅᴅs.
Lucy-Marie, who lives with boyfriend Luke Webster, 21, in Bulwell, Notts., said: “Sophia-Rose was born still inside her ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ, which is meant to be lucky, and she’s certainly needed that luck. When she was born they covered her Tɪɴʏ body in bubble wrap to keep her warm. It probably saved her life. She had two bleeds to the brain, she has ᴄʜʀᴏɴɪᴄ ʟᴜɴɢ ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ɪs sᴛɪʟʟ ᴏɴ ᴀ ᴠᴇɴᴛɪʟᴀᴛᴏʀ now. I turned 24 weeks on the night she was born, which was incredibly lucky because they told me no babies survive if they are born at 23 weeks. They have given her a 20 per cent chance of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠɪɴɢ but we think she is making great progress and can’t see her going downhill so we are keeping our fingers crossed. She is on a ᴠᴇɴᴛɪʟᴀᴛᴏʀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴇᴀɴs sʜᴇ ᴅᴏᴇsɴ’ᴛ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴏ ᴀɴʏ ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ Fᴏʀ ʜᴇʀsᴇʟF sᴏ sʜᴇ ᴄᴀɴ ʀᴇsᴛ as much as possible but she is very ʙʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟᴇʀᴛ. She’s got a ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇ on her hands but she is a true fighter, she’s such a ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ᴛʀᴏᴏᴘᴇʀ.”
Dad Luke, a maintenance engineer, said he was TᴇʀʀɪFɪᴇᴅ when he first saw how Tɪɴʏ his daughter, who was due on September 9, was.
He added: “I didn’t believe Lucy when she called me. She sounded so calm, I thought she was ᴊᴏᴋɪɴɢ. I rushed straight back to the hospital. I was very worried when I saw Sophia-Rose, she was wrapped up in bubble wrap and she was Tɪɴʏ. But she’s so strong and quite an ᴀᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ ʙᴀʙʏ ɴᴏᴡ ᴛᴏᴏ. Sʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴠᴇʀʏ ᴘᴏᴏʀʟʏ but now we’re watching her progress, she weighs 1lb 12oz now which is great. The dream for me is to be able to bring her home. I can’t wait to tuck her up in her own bed. When we were first allowed to see her it was about six hours later and you couldn’t see any of her because she was completely covered by bubble wrap, even over her head. It was to try and raise her temperature because she was still supposed to be in the womb. It kept going up and down initially but it has stabled out now.”