A premature baby stuck in an American hospital for five months with a 10 percent chance of survival is now thriving again in the UK.
Lily Borrill, who just celebrated her first birthday, was born 25 weeks early in Baltimore, USA, while her parents were on vacation.
Weighing just 1 pound 11 ounces, baby Lily made headlines last August when her parents struggled to pay their crippling medical bill – after failing to get insurance.
The parents were asked to pay the medical expenses of £ 23,000 after she needed 24/7 care and was resuscitated nine times.
Her parents started a fundraiser to pay the huge medical bill.
After spending five months in America while Lily regained her strength, Yeridiana Chazares, 29, and her partner Louis Borrill (22) have now returned to their lives in Scunthorpe – and are now celebrating Lily's first birthday at home in England.
Lily, who just celebrated her first birthday, was born in Baltimore, United States, into a 25-week pregnancy weighing just 1 pound 11 ounces and had only a 10 percent chance of survival. (Image: Lily with her mother Yeridiana Chazares)
Yeridiana Chazares (left) and partner Louis Borrill (right) are thrilled to have returned home and live in their Scunthorpe home after spending five months in America while Lily (center) regained her strength
They are now sharing their story to give hope to other parents who are going through similar struggles.
Yeridiana said: “Her first birthday was a celebration of her strength. We kept thinking, "Wow, you did it Lily, you really did it."
“Watching her learn new things is so emotional. It takes us back to the hospital where we didn't know if she could do the things she does now so easily.
“She keeps surprising us and we are so grateful that she is happy and healthy at home.
“We had only planned to go to the USA for two weeks. I went to the doctors before the flight and they cleared it up and said it was safe.
"After all, we had to stay in America for five months."
Louis and Yeridiana had visited their family for a surprise baby shower in Baltimore last August.
But after she woke up the next day with what appeared to be a severe fever, they decided to go to the hospital.
Baby Lily was born the next morning – well before the November due date.
When Lily was born, she didn't move and couldn't breathe. After 15 minutes, a doctor managed to insert a breathing tube – which saved her life
Yeridiana suffered from a pregnancy complication known as PPROM – premature premature rupture of the membranes – which caused the sac around her baby to break.
She needed an emergency c-section, which means her daughter was born three months early in a hospital in America, thousands of miles from home.
Because of her premature birth, Lily also has a vessel called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) that babies lose when they are born.
Yeridiana said, “I am originally from America, so we visited the family during our trip. They live in a small apartment that we could stay in at first but we couldn't stay there for long so we had to start staying at hotels that cost us even more.
& # 39; We were fortunate that we also had family and friends who helped us with some expenses. We also set up a Go Fund Me that raised over £ 4,600 ($ 6,000).
The young family spent five months in hospital so Lily (pictured) could get enough again to undergo heart surgery before being allowed to fly back to the UK
Lily (center) is getting stronger every day, but there was a time when her parents Louis (left and Yeridiana (right) didn't know if she would make it
Yeridiana Chazares (left) was stunned when doctors said she was going to go into labor – three months before Lily (right) was due
The couple had no health insurance as it was around £ 4,000 because Yeridiana was only pregnant for those ten days. The risk of not paying for it failed.
There was some good news, however, when Yeridiana said, "When Lily was born in the United States, she was made an American citizen so we could also get insurance that covered 40 percent of the bills."
What is PPROM? When a mother's water breaks 37 weeks ago
Premature Premature Diaphragm Rupture (PPROM) is a pregnancy complication that occurs when an expectant mother's water breaks before 37 weeks. Once the amniotic sac is broken, the risk of the baby being born prematurely or the mother or baby becoming infected increases.
PPROM affects only 3 percent of pregnancies in the UK and US, but is believed to be responsible for around 30 to 40 percent of premature births.
The cause is usually unknown. Premature birth, a reproductive system infection, or vaginal bleeding increase the risk, as does smoking during pregnancy.
Symptoms can be:
- A sudden surge of fluid from the vagina
- Leaking liquid
- Feel wet in your underwear or vagina
After five months of struggling in the hospital to become strong enough to receive heart surgery – which involved closing a heart valve so she could get enough oxygen to fly back to the UK – the young family was able to finally return to their home.
The first time mother said, “The whole experience was mentally exhausting. Some days she stopped breathing and we went in and watched her being resuscitated.
“We could never be sure that everything would be okay, every day was different. We never wanted to get too hopeful. It was heartbreaking. & # 39;
Since Lily returned home, she has been getting stronger. Your parents are so relieved to have a happy and healthy girl with them.
Proud mother Yeridiana said: “She is really fine now, she has run out of oxygen and she has learned to crawl. She works to hold on.
“Since she is premature, we need to help her a lot to reach her with children who are of legal age. We are so proud of her.
“Having your home is so surreal. I'm still working on not being so paranoid and just enjoying every moment. She had to be resuscitated so many times that I am still checking her breathing to make sure.
"It's like never having the feeling again when you get the taste of almost losing your child."
The family recently celebrated Lily's first birthday, August 6th, with a moana party, which they thought was a miracle as they were told that they had less than a 10 percent chance of survival.
Yeridiana said, “She was so happy all along on her birthday, playing with her presents and eating cake. She's really starting to show us more of her personality.
“On her birthday, we did side by side with her when she was born, and the diaper she wore for the first time was the size of her feet. It was nice to show how far she got. & # 39;
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