A baby born just two weeks after the 2 pound 6 ounce abortion line will thrive at home after spending 11 weeks on a ventilator.
Bailey Appleyard is now six months old and a healthy weight of 16 pounds. He arrived more than three months early when his mother, Clair Felstead, 25, of Leighton, Cheshire, went into labor after 25 weeks and six days.
Most abortions in England, Wales and Scotland are performed before the 24th week of pregnancy – and only when the mother's life is in jeopardy or the child is born with a severe disability.
Doctors put Bailey on a ventilator after he was diagnosed with chronic lung disease that causes breathing problems. Clair and his partner Jordan, 25, had to leave their son alone in the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The parents were allowed to visit separately on different days before they finally brought their newborn home at the end of May, a week before his first due date.
A baby born just fourteen days after the 2 pound 6 ounce abortion line will thrive at home after contracting chronic lung disease and spending eleven weeks on a ventilator. In the picture Bailey Appleyard and mother Clair
Bailey Appleyard (pictured right), now six months old and a healthy weight of 16 pounds (pictured right), arrived more than three months earlier than his mother Clair Felstead, 25, from Leighton, Cheshire, aged 25 weeks and six went into labor for days
Doctors were forced to put the 2-pound 6-ounce baby (pictured recently) on a ventilator after he was diagnosed with chronic lung disease – which caused breathing problems
Clair said, “Jordan and I were scared when we were told he could die at any moment, if not under the most professional care. The doctor told us that I asked questions that they didn't know the answer to, which scared me even more. & # 39;
The call center worker said she was surprised when she went into labor on February 23 after being told the pregnancy was going normally.
She prepared for work but immediately went to the hospital after going into labor and remembered, "It was almost like he was just ready to come out early, we had no complications or health warnings."
Clair went to the hospital that morning and found the doctor to have expanded her 6 cm.
"I was given pills to delay the pregnancy by 48 hours because I wanted to make sure the baby was safe. I gave birth to Baby Bailey two days later," she added.
Clair and his partner Jordan, 25, had to leave their son (pictured) alone in the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions
The parents (pictured with their son after his birth) were allowed to visit separately on alternating days before they brought their newborn home at the end of May, a week before his first due date
The call center worker said she was surprised when she went into labor on February 23 after being told the pregnancy was going well. In the picture Bailey shortly after his birth
WHAT IS PREMATURE BIRTH AND WHAT ARE THE RISKS FOR BABIES?
Around 10 percent of all pregnancies worldwide lead to premature labor – defined as delivery before 37 weeks.
In this case, not all of the baby's organs, including the heart and lungs, have developed. They can also be underweight and smaller.
Tommy & # 39; s, a UK charity, says this could mean premature babies "are not ready for life outside the womb".
Premature births are the leading cause of newborn mortality in the US and the UK, according to figures.
Premature babies cause around 1,500 deaths each year in the UK. In the United States, premature birth and its complications account for 17 percent of infant deaths.
Premature babies are often taken to newborn intensive care units, where they are cared for around the clock.
What are the chances of survival?
- Less than 22 weeks is almost zero chance of survival
- 22 weeks is about 10%
- 24 weeks is about 60%
- 27 weeks is around 89%
- 31 weeks is about 95%
- 34 weeks is the equivalent of a baby born to full birth
Despite the best of the doctors, Bailey was born at Leighton Hospital in Crewe at 25 weeks and six days.
Neither Clair nor Jordan were allowed to hold him, and in just 30 minutes, Bailey was rushed to a Liverpool hospital 31 miles from his parents.
Clair said, 'I saw my baby come out and he was put on the table for a moment and then driven into an ambulance to Liverpool. The doctors at Leighton Hospital told me that the baby at Liverpool Hospital would have a better chance of survival.
I struggled with so many emotions. This was my first baby and I just wanted everything to go perfectly. & # 39;
Doctors could not tell what caused his early arrival, but continuously put him on antibiotics to prevent contagious diseases and infections, and monitored his lungs and oxygen.
Clair (pictured left) was preparing for work but immediately went to the hospital after going into labor and remembered, "It was almost like he was just ready to come out early, we had no complications or health warnings. " Right picture: Bailey and Papa Jordan
Clair went to the hospital that morning and found the doctor to have expanded her 6 cm. Pictured recently Bailey
Bailey (pictured with his mother after he was born) was born at Leighton Hospital in Crewe at 25 weeks and six days
He was diagnosed with chronic lung disease due to his premature birth and was ventilated for 11 weeks until he reached 36 weeks of gestation.
WHAT IS CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE?
Chronic lung disease (CLD) is a lung disease that can cause long-term breathing problems. Premature babies are more likely to get CLD.
The condition can develop in infants who need ventilators to help them breathe in their early days. Sometimes premature babies are born before their lungs are fully formed, which means they cannot take in and take in oxygen properly to stay alive.
The lungs may also not make enough surfactant – a liquid that helps keep the lungs open.
Children with this disease receive extra oxygen.
The condition most commonly affects babies who were born more than 10 weeks before their due date and weigh less than 2 pounds.
Around 10,000 newborns are affected each year in the United States. It is not known how many children in the UK have the disease.
During his growth, Bailey was also diagnosed with E-coli. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Clair said, “As a mother for the first time, I was afraid of everything and everyone. We were afraid that every day Bailey might have different infections that could be fatal.
"He was put on a ventilator and fed a drop, but we weren't told much else unless we were there."
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, Clair and Jordan, 25, lived in a local hotel and were only allowed to visit Baby Bailey separately and on alternate days.
Clair said, & # 39; Coronavirus ruined my first three months with my baby – I just wanted to spend everyday life cuddling him but I couldn't.
"It's one thing that goes through what we've been through and this heartbreak, but it's another that just can't see him and hang out with him."
Bailey was released in late May, a week before his first due date. He is now six months old, weighs about 16 pounds, and is a healthy, bubbly baby.
It even towers over the cherished cuddly teddy octopus that once overshadowed it after its recovery.
Due to the coronavirus, parents can only bring their babies to the clinic that often in an emergency.
Clair added, “I put him next to the octopus teddy bear in his cot and he has grown so much bigger than he is so cute.
& # 39; The whole experience was full of ups and downs and so many emotions. I'm so glad he lives in the house with me and Jordan. & # 39;
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