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Baby Bonnie battles the odds and finally comes home after being born 17 weeks premature

by | Feb 17, 2022

By Right to Life UK

A baby born at 23 weeks, at a weight of 1lb 7oz, has arrived home after an intense four-month fight for survival. 

Baby Bonnie was born to Rachel Morgan on September 20, 2021 at Leighton Hospital, Crewe.

With her arrival coming 17 weeks prematurely, and due to complications on the day of the birth, there were fears she would not survive. 

Nevertheless, right from the start, Bonnie proved herself to be a fighter and showed signs of life despite all difficulties. 

Complications and miscarriage

Mrs. Morgan’s pregnancy had already been subject to tragedy with the loss of Bonnie’s twin sibling earlier in the pregnancy. So when she woke up with more heavy bleeding, an ambulance was called to bring her straight to hospital. 

Bonnie was born a little over an hour later, and as Mrs Morgan said, left medics checking whether she “showed she wants to be there”.

Her ability to breathe alone for a 12-minute period brought some relief, however the journey to recovery had just begun.

After being transferred to Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead, Bonnie suffered a variety of complications including two cardiac arrests and a bleed on the brain, the back-to-back nature of which took its toll on the Morgans.

Mrs.  Morgan said: “It was heartbreaking because you’re not the only family in there. Every family is on their own journey and [Bonnie] seemed to be the poorliest baby all the time”.

“I never thought we would get to this stage”

Prior to heading home on January 20, 2022, Bonnie also had to undergo eye surgery at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

“She looks like a normal newborn baby, even though she is four months old”, Mrs. Morgan said.

“I never thought we would get to this stage”.

Whilst she still requires oxygen and some medication, Bonnie is feeding well and is said to be enjoying the company of her siblings Imogen, 11, and Ralph, 2.

Bonnie has weekly visits from a home care team and physiotherapy every month to help her meet developmental milestones. She will most likely have some eyesight issues and will have to cope with the effects of chronic lung disease.

Debbie Edwards, director of midwifery at Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital, said: “We are delighted that Bonnie is now able to be at home with her family”.

“The expertise of our specialist teams enable us to care for the most vulnerable babies. We really wish Bonnie all the very best now she is home”.

Born before the abortion limit

Stories like Bonnie’s are becoming more and more commonplace in our country, and indeed around the world. 

Last year, Curtis, a baby born at 21 weeks and one day, almost 3 weeks before the abortion limit in the UK, was confirmed to be the world’s most premature baby. In October 2020, another severely premature baby, Sofia, was born in Scotland almost 2 weeks below the abortion limit. 

Babies like Bonnie, Curtis and Sofia are not alone in being born so prematurely and going on to survive. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October 2019, followed 2.56 million babies born in Sweden between 1973 and 1997, around six percent of whom were born prematurely.

Researchers compared the health data of the premature babies to those that had been born at full term. They found that 55% of premature babies had no serious chronic, physical, or mental health issues by early adulthood. This is compared to 63% for babies born at full term.

Additionally, with each passing decade, the odds of survival for a premature baby to adulthood have improved from about 91% of babies born in the 1970s to about 96% of those born in the 1990s.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “It is hard not to hear the irony in the midwifery director, Debbie Edwards’, words when she says, “The expertise of our specialist teams enable us to care for the most vulnerable babies”. It is expertise and scientific advancement such as this that so blatantly highlight the ridiculous nature of our country’s abortion law”.

“Bonnie was born one week below the UK’s 24-week abortion time limit – a limit chosen in 1990 to reflect the point of viability. Stories such as these demonstrate that these babies can survive, and are the reason why the British Association of Perinatal Medicine allows doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks”. 

“Is it not about time our abortion law caught up, and we lower our extreme 24-week limit?”

A baby born in India at just 28 weeks gestation has become the country’s youngest COVID-19 survivor.

The unnamed baby was born in Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad, South East India in April this year. He was born almost three months before the pregnancy had reached full term. Within a few days of his birth, his oxygen levels had begun to drop and he was found to be COVID-19 positive.

He had to be put on a ventilator for several days and received other treatment. Severely premature babies are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and he had to fight the virus for 30 days before he was able to go home.

Whilst his own mother had COVID, Dr C Aparna, a neonatologist involved in the case, said there is no evidence that the disease was transmitted from mother to son through the placenta, as it was only after a few days that the child developed COVID-19 symptoms and tested positive for the virus.

Although his parents were unable to see him due to the pandemic-related restrictions, the baby managed to gain weight as he fought the infection. After thirty days, he was discharged to his parents’ care at home weighing 1.5kg.

Dr Aparna said: “Our team… has been working tirelessly for high-risk mothers and high-risk preterm newborns including those affected with COVID to provide world-class services with compassion and human touch”.

The boy’s parents were updated about their son’s condition by video call throughout the process.

Premature UK baby survives COVID-19

In the UK, prematurely born baby, Theo Stobbs, was born in Burnley, Lancashire at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, and tested positive for the disease.

Born at only 27 weeks and weighing 2lb 4oz – “less than a standard supermarket pineapple” – Theo was found to have COVID-19. Images of him wearing a white nappy and a tiny woolly hat as he was lifted out of an incubator at just four weeks old went viral.

Fortunately, he and his mother both recovered.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Fortunately, deaths from the virus are practically non-existent for newborn children and these heartwarming stories of severely premature babies surviving COVID-19 reminds us of the preciousness of life regardless of age”.

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