September 25, 2021
A premature baby who weighed the size of a sugar bag struggling to survive is now preparing for her first day of elementary school.
Babies born too early or premature infants have organs that are not yet fully developed, leading to various health complications. Still, doctors do the best they can to keep them growing.
Sadly, many premature babies do not make it, and when they are born during the 22 to 23-week mark of pregnancy, their chances of survival are much lower.
Darcey Clegg was among those born prematurely, coming out via c-section three months early. At her mom’s 28th week of pregnancy, a scan showed that Darcey was not getting enough blood.
Seeing that there was also placental abnormality, doctors decided to have an emergency c-section. At her time of birth, Darcey only weighed 1 pound and 5 ounces.
Although it seemed like the chances of survival were slim, medical staff at Royal Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester, England, fought to keep her alive.
She was placed in a sandwich bag and stayed in the hospital for 64 days. Darcey had blood transfusions and had to fight for her life until her discharge by the end of 2015.
Richard had 0% chances of survival, but fortunately, he beat the odds and recently celebrated his first birthday.
Luckily, Darcey was able to spend New Year at home with her family. In an interview, her mother, Gill, admitted that Darcey began walking at a later age.
Still, every milestone was a moment to be celebrated. Recently, Darcey graduated nursery and is preparing to start primary school by the end of the year. Gill shared:
“I’ve got all her uniform ready already. It’s crazy that she is going to school. She asks if she is going every day.”
Gill still recalls looking at her newborn child in an incubator and is proud at how “she defied the odds.” According to Darcey, she looks forward to starting school and playing with other kids.
While very tiny at birth, Darcey is still not the smallest baby to be born. Previously, Singapore-born Kwek Yu Xuan came into the world weighing the same as an apple.
She was delivered before hitting the 25-week mark after her mom was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a high blood pressure condition that can risk the lives of both mom and child.
Like Darcey, Yu Xuan struggled to survive but won the battle. She has since been discharged from the hospital, although she suffers from chronic lung disease.
Giving birth before the due date is risky, but there are beautiful stories of miracles happening. One of them includes Richard Hutchinson, born 131 days premature.
Richard had 0% chances of survival, but fortunately, he beat the odds and recently celebrated his first birthday. He is among those who give hope to parents who underwent the same situation as his.
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