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A baby that was saved by a sandwich bag after weighing just 560 grams is finally allowed home

A baby who was saved by a sandwich bag after weighing just 560 grams has finally been allowed home.

Rhiannon and Fane with Alexandra and Emily

Rhiannon and Fane with Alexandra and Emily

 

Rhiannon Shades, 29, from Bedford, was terrified when she went into labour at 24 weeks pregnant – after being born naturally in her amniotic sac , tiny Emily was placed into a sandwich bag to keep her warm.

Her big sister, Alexandra, four, bought her a small teddy bear but she was so tiny, she was barely the same size.

But against the odds, and after three and a half months in neonatal care, Emily was allowed home last Tuesday (October 18) – one day before her due date – and is now much bigger than her teddy.

Rhiannon and her partner, Fane Henderson, 30, couldn’t be prouder of their daughter and have since started blogging to help other parents.

Rhiannon and her partner, Fane Henderson, 30, couldn’t be prouder of their daughter and have since started blogging to help other parents.

Rhiannon said: “Giving birth to Emily was so surreal, I had no idea how she would look at just 24 weeks or if she’d survive.

“She was such a little fighter and even tried to breathe on her own as soon as she was born.

Emily after she was first born

Emily after she was first born

 

“I couldn’t even comprehend how small she was, it wasn’t until she was placed in my arms that I realised the seriousness of the situation.

“It was a rollercoaster of emotions from that moment, there were worries over her weight gain, she only weighed 560 grams and she also needed eight blood transfusions to stay alive.

“She had a stomach infection at 36 weeks and that was a massive step back also.

“She was placed into a tiny plastic bag to keep her warm as her skin was so thin she couldn’t stabilise her own temperature.

“I was able to live at the hospital for five weeks in accommodation provided by the Sick Children’s Trust, they are an amazing charity.

“And although it was awful being torn from Fane and my eldest daughter, Alexandra, four, I always stayed positive that we would be reunited as a family in the near future.

“After three and a half months, Emily finally came home, with no oxygen or feeding tube.

Alexandra holding her little sister

Alexandra holding her little sister

 

“She now weighs 5lbs 7oz and even though she’s still tiny, she’s huge compared to when we first met her in July.

“When we were in the hospital, we compared her to the size of a toy teddy bear from her sister, and she was the same size, but now she is much bigger.

“Emily has done amazingly well and we are so proud of her.”

Rhiannon’s pregnancy was perfect up until 20 weeks when she underwent further tests to check on her baby’s health.

She added: “Doctors had noticed abnormalities in my blood so I underwent further tests to see if our daughter had Down’s Syndrome.

“They took fluid from the amniotic sac while I was pregnant and although her tests came back negative, it was later detected that I had an infection in my placenta.

“And that was the cause of my early labour, we feel that Emily just knew she had to get out of there.

Emily's scan

Emily’s scan

 

“It’s a miracle she survived, if she’d have been any smaller, doctors wouldn’t have tried to save her.

“We’ve all been incredibly lucky and Emily is already coming on leaps and bounds.

“Although she’s still tiny, she’s huge compared to how she looked just a few months ago.

“We were supported by Bliss – a charity that supports those who have premature babies – throughout and there help was fantastic.”

Since being home, Rhiannon has updated her blog to let everyone know how Emily is getting on.

She added: “At first I started writing the blog to update our family and friends about what we were going through in one place.

“But it was always public and now Emily is home and doing so well, we’ve received so many messages of support.

“Me and Fane found great comfort in reading other families journeys online and now we’re able to give hope to other parents.

“Seeing Emily smaller than her teddy and only 560g, no one would’ve thought she’d have made it this far, let alone be healthy and needing no help breathing.

“We can’t wait to celebrate Christmas together and plan our future.”

Read more here; https://rhiannoncooper86.wordpress.com/

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