By Dave AndruskoWhatever their overall position on abortion, many British newspapers and tabloids love to run stories about babies who were born prematurely just before the legal limit to abort–24 weeks.
The latest miracle baby is Kaci-Rose Cratchley, born at 23 weeks, and at 1lb and 2oz, or “half the weight of a bag of sugar,” as The Mirror’s Shanti Das described the now eight-month-old child.
Talk about the odds being stacked against you…
Kaci-Rose’s mother, Sadie Cratchley, told The Mirror that her unremarkable pregnancy went smoothly until this last January when she noticed blood. She was rushed to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset, where she was already 4cm dilated. “I was quite drugged up but I was terrified,” she told Das.
“We were told there was a one per cent chance of her surviving labour. When they told me that l I just cried and cried.
“The doctors asked us to decide whether we wanted them to try and save her or not.
“They told us that they could try but that she probably wasn’t going to make it. It was a terrifying moment but it wasn’t really a decision that needed to be made.”
Just how miraculous her birth was is underscored not only by her frail condition– “She was literally the size of my hand when she was born. She was bright red and her skin was really sticky. You could see all her veins,” Sadie told Das–but also because “had I gone into hospital a day earlier they would have sent me home to have a miscarriage.”
Just hours after her birth Kaci-Rose was put on a ventilator and transferred to Southmead Hospital, Bristol’s neonatal unit.
She faced serious medical problems: her kidneys were struggling so she was also put on medication and her lungs were so small Kaci-Rose was attached to tubes, Das reported. And there was still more. According to Sadie
“She was on the ventilator for 11 weeks and I wasn’t able to hold her until after then.
“She also had to have laser eye surgery at about three months because her blood vessels weren’t developing properly.”
But the little one refused to give up and on July 1, Sadie and her husband Marc were allowed to take their daughter home.
Given that she was so premature, it’s not surprising that Kaci-Rose now only weighs 8lbs 7oz and is about 56cm long. Although Sadie and Marc were given the list of possible complications, experience is already proving those predications wrong.
“We were told she will probably have cerebral palsy but it is too early to tell yet. We were also told she would be blind and deaf but she can hear and see some things.
“So far she has proved everyone wrong. I’m very thrilled with how far she has come.
“It has been very bumpy and emotional and it is still hard.
“We take each day as it comes but at the moment we are just enjoying spending time with her and doing absolutely everything we can to make sure she has a normal life.”