To report IS
Incredible images capture the first moments of a baby girl who weighed ONE POUND when she was born 14 weeks premature – and doctors took photos ‘in case she didn’t survive’
- Francesca Wood, 30, woke up in pool of blood when she was 26 weeks pregnant
- Mother-of-two from Canterbury couldn’t hold tiny Eden for a week after birth
- Doctors believed she had 90 per cent chance of dying as lungs weren’t matured
- Little Eden is now two and has ‘defied all odds’ to become happy, healthy toddler
A mother-of-two whose premature baby was born weighing just 1lb has told how the little girl defied the odds – despite being told she had a 10 per cent chance of survival.
Francesca Wood, 30, from Canterbury, was 26 weeks (six-and-a-half months) pregnant when she woke up in a pool of blood and was told her daughter had to be delivered immediately.
But Baby Eden amazed doctors when she pulled through after weeks of medical care – and she is now a happy, healthy two-year-old.
‘It was so frightening to be surrounded by so many doctors and to be giving birth three months prematurely,’ Francesca recalled. ‘I had no option but to trust them to save my daughter.’
‘She was delivered by emergency C-section weighing just one tiny pound and the anaesthetist took photos of her born for me, in case she didn’t survive.’
After Eden, pictured after being born, was delivered at just 26 weeks (just over six months) she was put in an incubator and hooked up to a ventilator
Francesca, pictured with Eden, was already in hospital when she started bleeding as she has antisynthetase syndrome, a rare inflammatory muscle disease
Now two-years-old Eden, pictured, is healthy and her mother said people would never know she was so tiny as a newborn. The youngster
Miraculously though, Eden is fighting fit with no health problems – something Francesca thought she might never see.
‘My first thought was how I would tell my son Oakley that he would never meet his sister,’ said the mother-of-two. ‘He had been so excited to become a big brother.’
Francesca was told her baby had to be delivered immediately and was rushed into theatre where 20 medical professionals were there to attend to her.
‘I wasn’t allowed to hold her and only got to touch her hand quickly before she was whisked off to NICU,’ she explained.
Baby Eden, pictured as a newborn, only weighed 1lb when she entered the world but she has miraculously defied all odds to survive after weeks of medical care in hospital
An anaesthetist took photos of 1lb Eden being pulled from the womb so that Francesca could keep them, in case her baby didn’t survive
The day Francesca started bleeding, she was already at St Thomas’ Hospital in London after being admitted at 21 weeks pregnant.
She was diagnosed with antisynthetase syndrome after having her eldest child, Oakley, a rare inflammatory muscle disease.
‘While pregnant with Eden, the condition I have was making me short of breath and causing muscle weakness,’ she explained.
‘I was admitted and put on bed rest so I could be monitored closely. I was told I wasn’t going anywhere until the baby was born.’
Mother-of-two Francesca, pictured with Eden, had to wait one week before she could hold her daughter
Little Eden, pictured as a newborn, was only the size of a syringe when she was born and had to remain in hospital
She continued: ‘At 26 weeks, I woke up feeling warm and the sheets were wet. At first I thought I’d wet myself but when I pulled back the sheets and saw a pool of blood, I started panicking. I was sure I was losing Eden.’
‘I was devastated. Especially because she felt like a miracle to me already. I had previously been told it was extremely unlikely I would have any more kids after Oakley, because I’d had one fallopian tube removed and the other was blocked.’
‘It had always been a dream of mine to have a big family, so when I fell pregnant by chance with her I was over the moon.’
Francesca, who is no longer with the fathers of her children, has praised her seven-year-old son Oakley for being her rock throughout her latest pregnancy.
The little girl, pictured with her big brother Oakley, was born three months early and came home four weeks before her due date when she was 4lbs
Francesca, pictured, had one fallopian tube removed after having her son and didn’t think she’d be able to have more children. She said having Eden ‘felt like a miracle’
‘Oakley couldn’t wait to meet his baby sister,’ she said. ‘He was always saying “Mummy let me feel your tummy” and played music for her, choosing songs and putting a headphone on my bellybutton. He was in love with her before she was even born.’
After Eden was delivered by emergency C-section, she was put in an incubator and hooked up to a ventilator, while her mother was sent to ICU herself.
‘I spent a night in the ICU for monitoring as I had lost a lot of blood and the epidural had punctured my spine,’ she explained.
‘I kept saying to everyone, “All I want is to see my baby.” It was an agonising two days before I finally got to meet my princess.’
Francesca said Oakley, pictured with Eden once she got older, wants to play with her sister all the time and that they connected straight away
Francesca said that the first few days with Eden, pictured, were difficult and had to be taken ‘hour by hour’
Oakley ‘adores’ his baby sister, pictured together, and Eden is like any happy and healthy toddler now
Francesca was taken to the NICU in Evelina London Children’s Hospital, where Eden was being cared for.
‘She may have been tiny but she was so perfect,’ she said. ‘The doctors said she had a 90 per cent chance of dying because her lungs were not nearly as matured as they should have been. But as the seconds, minutes and hours ticked by, Eden proved us all wrong.’
‘I can’t thank the staff at the Evelina enough. I owe the team of doctors and nurses there for saving my daughter’s life.’
When Eden was one week old, Francesca held her for the first time.
‘She was placed on me, skin-to-skin, and it was a feeling like no other,’ said the proud mum. ‘It was like holding a baby animal. She was very fragile and was attached to lots of wires.’
‘I was so in love but constantly worried about getting too emotionally attached, in case the worst happened.’
She added: ‘At the beginning, it wasn’t even a case of take each day as it comes, we had to take it hour by hour. Things could change by the second and she sometimes stopped breathing. I learnt to rub her tummy to get her breathing again.’
Baby Eden, pictured, has surprised everybody by overcoming every obstacle she’s faced. Pictured, flashing a smile to the camera
When she was born, doctors said that Eden, pictured, had a 90% chance of dying because her lungs were not nearly as matured as they should have been
‘She continued to get stronger and none of us could believe how well she was doing. Amazingly, she came home four weeks before her due date when she was 4lbs.’
From the moment Oakley and Eden met, they developed a strong bond as brother and sister.
‘When Oakley met her, they connected straightaway and he wanted to do everything with her,’ she explained. ‘He helped feed her, change her nappies and he also wanted to play with her all the time.’
‘Oakley adores his sister and I find myself worrying more about my son than I do my daughter – she is a real fighter and been through so much already, I know she can deal with anything!’
Francesca, pictured, said she’s determined to be healthy so that she can watch her children grow up together
Francesca said that when Eden was born it was a very ‘tense and rocky time’ but that she’s looking forward to the future with her two children, pictured
Eden, pictured as a baby, was cared for in NICU in Evelina London Children’s Hospital
Francesca will never forget what she and two-year-old Eden went through, and says that no one would ever guess her daughter was born three months early.
‘Eden has defied the doctors her whole short life,’ she explained. ‘With regards to her development, you would never think she was only half-cooked when she was born, or that she had been through such a traumatic start to life. She is a happy, crazy beautiful and funny little soul.’
‘When I look back at the newborn photos of her, I remember how scared I felt. It was a very tense and rocky time, especially with the medical teams telling me her percentage of survival was next to none.
‘Yet she defied all odds and made each step look easy. It will always amaze me how she managed to survive.’
‘I am not as healthy as I’d like to be and often struggle with my muscle disease, but I am determined to stay around to watch her and Oakley grow up together.’
Read more – Source link
Canterbury mum Francesca Wood's premature baby born weighing one pound