Baby weighed just 1 pound at birth. So doctors wrapped her in the smallest thing they had

Apr 12, 2018
05:52 P.M.
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Although they're always trying to do things the most hygienic way possible, doctors are sometimes forced to use unusual objects to keep babies alive.


After Sharon Grant gave birth to her beautiful baby, named Pixie, everyone thought she wasn't going to be able to stay alive much longer.

Pixie was delivered by an emergency Caesarean section at the Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, England, as she was dangerously premature.

According to Parenting Isn't Easy, little Pixie was rushed to intensive care, where doctors decided to do anything they could to keep her alive, although they thought she wouldn't make it.

Pixie wasn't much larger than her mother's hand. Grant was just 28-weeks into her pregnancy and Pixie obviously wasn't completely developed.


The same outlet explained that the hospital didn’t have equipment small enough to keep the preemie baby warm and doctors decided to place her in a sandwich bag from Tesco and rushed her to NICU

While it might sound unprofessional, this tactic has actually been used before, as The New York Times explained that babies' skin is thin enough to allow water to evaporate through it quickly, and using plastic bags to wrap them before the blankets can keep them warmer than just a blanket.

The Neonatology Consultant at the hospital said this tactic is rather usual, claiming that they often have to use this practice for babies under 3.3 pounds.


“It is now a standard treatment, where the wet newborn infant’s body and limbs are placed into the bag, under a heater, which creates a greenhouse effect, and this is the most effective way of maintaining their temperature in the golden hour after birth and until they are placed in a warm, humid incubator for ongoing care,” he said.

The couple was very hopeful but very anxious, as the mother was unable to touch or hold her own baby for 18 days straight because touching and handling her could have caused too much weight loss.


“We have been in and out of the hospital a lot since she got home, and she can’t be around other children or ill people because if she gets a cold she will end up on oxygen again. But at the moment she is doing really well. She looks really nice and healthy," Grant explained.

Little Pixie is now 10 months old and growing strong while being a joy to her family, who are really grateful due to the fact that a household product saved her life.