Baby born with feet the size of pennies looks healthy and happy now
Baby Francesca is now getting healthier and gaining weight by the day, thanks to her mother's constant love and care.
She was born at 24 weeks with feet the size of pennies and hands the size of a single fingernail, as reported by Inside Edition.
Doctors told Victoria Bradley, 37, that her daughter would not likely live if she was born.
She gave birth to Francesca just two days after the 24-week abortion limit. Her daughter looked more like a fetus than a baby then.
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All her body parts were tiny and fragile. She was hardly two pounds. She was so delicate.
One health attack after another
Within a few weeks after her birth, the newborn endured severe health attacks and more procedures than most people have in a lifetime.
But baby Francesca defeated all odds, which included meningitis and several heart diseases.
She also survived two episodes of collapsed lungs and kidney problems. What's more, she went through 15 blood transfusions and laser eye operation.
It was like a miracle for the doctors, even for Victoria, who also didn't expect that Francesca's condition would improve so much.
Holding on to hope
When she was still pregnant with Francesca, she felt devastated when the doctors told her that her baby was not going to survive.
But Victoria held on to the hope that her baby would make it. She was determined to give her daughter a fighting chance.
After giving birth to Francesca, she took the newborn to the best doctors. Her efforts paid off as the infant's heath improved over nine months of constant care and medical treatments.
Francesca is truly lucky to survive despite her fragile condition. In 2016, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births, as reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This ratio translates to over 23,000 infant deaths. In 2016, the five leading causes of infant death were birth defects; pre-term birth and low birth weight; suddent infant death syndrome; maternal pregnancy complications; and injuries.