The Miracle Of Tiny Baby Weighing ‘Less Than Bag Of Sugar’ Has Fᴏᴜɢʜᴛ To sᴜʀᴠɪᴠal
Mum Jaz Smith has told how she needed to give birth to her daughter Ayla-Grace 14 weeks early when she was weighing “less than a bag of sugar” and it was the “sᴄᴀʀɪᴇsᴛ thing in the world”
Jaz Smith needed to give birth to her daughter 14 weeks early as her liver was starting to Fᴀɪʟ and it was thanks to the work of doctors and nurses at Diana, Princess of Wales ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ in Grimsby that they both sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ. Ayla-Grace was born weighing 1lb 15oz on April 29 despite having been given a due date of August 3, reported WalesOnline. No ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴡᴀs Fʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴀʙʏ Fᴏʀᴄɪɴɢ ᴀ ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ Fᴜʀᴛʜᴇʀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs saw Ayla-Grace born with the ᴄᴏʀᴅ ᴡʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ ɴᴇᴄᴋ four times over. She later required ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ within the first few months of her life and sᴛɪʟʟ ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇs ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ today, but her mum says she is “absolutely thriving” now.
Jaz said she knew something was wrong when she started experiencing sᴡᴇʟʟɪɴɢ.
“I was told it was too early to be ᴘʀᴇ-ᴇᴄʟᴀᴍᴘsɪᴀ by the doctors as I was only 24 weeks gone. And then the week after I rung the ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ again because my sᴡᴇʟʟɪɴɢ just wouldn’t ɢᴏ ᴅᴏᴡɴ. I was then ᴀᴅᴍɪᴛᴛᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ 25 ᴡᴇᴇᴋs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀs ɪɴ ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ for a week. For me that was the ʜᴀʀᴅᴇsᴛ time because I wasn’t allowed to see my eldest son who was only three-years-old. I really sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇᴅ being away from him.”
Jaz was eventually ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with ᴘʀᴇ-ᴇᴄʟᴀᴍᴘsɪᴀ and recalled how much ᴘᴀɪɴ she was in.
She said: “My test results came back that I had ᴘʀᴇ-ᴇᴄʟᴀᴍᴘsɪᴀ and I was going to ʜɪᴛ Fᴜʟʟ ʙʟᴏᴡɴ ᴇᴄʟᴀᴍᴘsɪᴀ ᴍᴏᴅᴇ within seven to ten days. I ʙᴇɢɢᴇᴅ the doctors to let me out and come in for daily checks but they kept me in one more night and that’s when my world got turned upside down. I was ᴛᴇʀʀɪFɪᴇᴅ and all I remember thinking was – ‘I never thought this would happen to me’. But when it does, it’s the most sᴄᴀʀɪᴇsᴛ thing in the world.”
Things then took a turn for the ᴡᴏʀsᴇ.
“I had three doctors in my room at 2am in the morning listening to my daughter’s ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙᴇᴀᴛ and they brought a sᴏɴᴏɢʀᴀᴘʜᴇʀ ɪɴ ᴛᴏ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʜᴇʀ. Iɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇss ᴏF ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴇ Fᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍʏ ʟɪᴠᴇʀ was Fᴀɪʟing and I’d had a ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀʟ ᴀʙʀᴜᴘᴛɪᴏɴ – ᴀ sᴇʀɪᴏᴜs ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ in which the placenta sᴇᴘᴀʀᴀᴛᴇs Fʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴀʟʟ ᴏF ᴛʜᴇ ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs before birth. My daughter had no ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ Fʟᴏᴡ and they’d said it had been like that for a good few days. They then told me that if we didn’t get her out soon, then she wouldn’t make it and neither would I. When my daughter was born, sʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏʀᴅ ᴡʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ ʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ ɴᴇᴄk four times over and it took more then one doctor to get it off her.”Jaz said
Within the first few months of baby short life, she underwent open ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ which was ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇʟʏ ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ. Jaz was told she ʜᴀᴅ ᴀ ʜᴏʟᴇ ɪɴ ʜᴇʀ ɴᴇᴡʙᴏʀɴ’s ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ that didn’t close properly, also has ᴄʜʀᴏɴɪᴄ ʟᴜɴɢ ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ, ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏɴɢ-ᴛᴇʀᴍ ʟᴜɴɢ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ, ᴅᴜᴇ to being born so early. She sᴛɪʟʟ ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇs ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ today but she is absolutely thriving. The experience of having a ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ baby, whether it is four weeks or 14 weeks, is absolutely ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ. It’s the ᴍᴏsᴛ sᴄᴀʀɪᴇsᴛ ᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴇᴠᴇʀ go through, especially when you have other children as well. ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ babies are little miracles and they really do just thrive off life. The baby girl is nearly seven months old now and healthy .