Tiny ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ Baby As ‘Big As Can Of Coke’ Fɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ For Life In Hospital
Little Elli Robertson was born at 25 weeks on February 22, and is receiving care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow, but she is so small she can only be handled a few times every day.
As well as the bleed to her brain, Elli is also battling a skin infection and staff are carefully monitoring the tot’s weizabeth Hospital. Just a few days after being born, Elli suffered a grade 4 bleed to the brain. Doctors have told parents Caitlyn and Jordan that their daughter will be left with some form of ᴅɪsᴀʙɪʟɪᴛʏ as a result. But he was very healthy and quickly went home.
ight, which has dropped from 810g at birth to just 678g. Ellie is now so small she can only be handled just a few times a day, with medics ready to step in if her weight drops further. Despite her challenges, tiny Elli is defying odds every day and is now miraculously breathing without the help of a ventilator.
Caitlyn added: “It’s a long journey ahead but she’s defied the odds so far. At first she needed a ventilator to ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ but she’s doing it on her own now, and she’s moved on to getting ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ to help keep her lungs open to make it easier for her. She is just so tiny that it’s really hard to hold her as something could ʙʀᴇᴀᴋ so she’s only handled every six hours. Me and my husband have only held her once and she weighs little more than a can of coke. She’s the size of an ᴀᴠᴇʀᴀɢᴇ ʜᴀɴᴅ. Elli weighed 810g when she was born and now she’s just 678g. I knew she would ʟᴏsᴇ ᴀ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ʙɪᴛ ᴏF ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ but not that much so it’s sᴄᴀʀʏ – there’s nothing of her. Tiny baby clothes could ᴡʀᴀᴘ around her ten times over.”
Friends of Jordan and Caitlyn have since set up a Fᴜɴᴅʀᴀɪsᴇʀ to help the family with costs in the next steps of Elli’s journey. The mum-of-three says the ordeal is taking a toll on the Iʀᴠɪɴᴇ family, who are having to travel to and from the hospital several times a day.
She explained: “We have two wee boys so we can’t just spend all day at the hospital with Elli which is very ʜᴀʀᴅ. It’s been ᴀᴡFᴜʟ for her big brothers as I can see my sons are sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ, not knowing where she is, especially my eldest, he just doesn’t understand. Nothing is ɢᴜᴀʀᴀɴᴛᴇᴇᴅ so we want to be with her as much as we can.”