Baby Born So Premature She Was Smaller Than A £10 Note; Her Recent Photos Will Shock You Baby Born So Premature She Was Smaller Than A £10 Note; Her Recent Photos Will Shock You
A woman who didn’t even know she was pregnant until 10 days before she gave birth has spoken about the miracle recovery of her... Baby Born So Premature She Was Smaller Than A £10 Note; Her Recent Photos Will Shock You

A woman who didn’t even know she was pregnant until 10 days before she gave birth has spoken about the miracle recovery of her daughter.

Zoe Ambrose went into labour at just 23 weeks, 10 days after finding out she was pregnant.

She gave birth to Paige who was smaller than a £10 note and weight just 1lb 5ozs.

Doctors told Zoe and her boyfriend Arnie Fowler that Paige had just a 25% chance of survival.

But now, Paige is near two years old and she has made a remarkable recovery.

Zoe said: ‘It really was a miracle. I’d been in labour for an hour before a doctor told me they didn’t legally have to save my baby because she was going to be born before 24 weeks.

Incredible survival of baby born so premature she was smaller than a £10 note
She has made a remarkable recovery (Picture: National)
Incredible survival of baby born so premature she was smaller than a £10 note
Doctors told mum and dad Zoe and Arnie that she only had a 25 per cent chance of survival (Picture: National)

‘I felt so helpless. I couldn’t let my little girl die without a fight. I begged them to do everything they could to save her life and in the end they agreed.

‘I sat by her every day, willing her to pull though. And now I have her home, we couldn’t be prouder of our amazing little girl.’

Speaking about the run-up to giving birth, she said: ‘I wasn’t showing and there were no signs. I was on the Pill but my periods were often irregular.

‘It was only when I moved house and visited my new GP that I found out I was pregnant. I was shocked.

‘It was crazy. I was still a size 12 and hadn’t had any morning sickness or cravings. I was totally unprepared.’

Incredible survival of baby born so premature she was smaller than a £10 note
Paige was born 17 weeks early (Picture: National)

She went into labour at work so Arnie took her to hospital where she was told the legal abortion limit was 24 weeks and the hospital would not try to save her baby but would relieve any suffering.

She said: ‘He told me my baby only had a 25% chance of survival. I remember him saying that unless she comes out trying to breathe, they would not resuscitate her. I burst into tears and begged him to do something.’

According to NHS guidelines, at 23 weeks there is a high level of uncertainty about the outcome for a baby.

Lifesaving treatment is offered only if parents ask for it and the paediatrician feels it is appropriate.

After a seven-hour labour, Paige was born at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, in August 2015.

Incredible survival of baby born so premature she was smaller than a £10 note
Zoe with Paige soon after she was born (Picture: National)
Incredible survival of baby born so premature she was smaller than a £10 note
Paige was discharged from hospital in December 2015 (picture: National)

Zoe says: ‘I was so worried she wouldn’t survive. I prepared for the worst.

‘She was so small, doctors didn’t even know her sex. I had to give birth in a bag to keep her warm.’

Paige was transferred to Gillingham’s Medway Hospital for specialist care and she spent more than four months being moved between different hospitals, including Medway, King’s College, Great Ormond Street and Darent Valley.

In her first few days she had a haemorrhage in her lungs and a bleed on the brain. She was diagnosed as partially sighted in one eye and, at just three weeks old, had to undergo stomach surgery.

But Paige continued to fight and, incredibly, was discharged on December 16, 2015.

Incredible survival of baby born so premature she was smaller than a £10 note
(Picture: National)

She still needs daily hormone treatment and has an underactive thyroid but she is regularly checked over by doctors.

Zoe says: ‘Paige will always suffer with diabetes and tests for her eyes are ongoing, but she is expected to live a long and full life.

‘She is everything to us and the thought that when I first saw her she was as tiny as a £10 note still amazes me.

‘This year she is off the oxygen.

‘We didn’t know that Paige was coming, but now she’s here we are so grateful for our little miracle.’

Source: Metro

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  • Maggie Diaz

    2017-05-03 #1 Author

    I was inspired with the story and her parents’ will to save her. Like me, I’m a mother and my youngest is a premature baby. She was born at 8 months we never give up and have faith in God that he will save my daughter. So he did. He save my daughter.They never give up and they believe that the baby will be saved. And it happened. The baby is now in good condition. And I want to say to all mom out there, Never lose hope and Always have faith and your baby got this as long you support and believe in them 🙂

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  • Maggie Diaz

    2017-05-03 #2 Author

    I was inspired with the story. Because I’m a mother of premature baby. My daughter was born at 8 months and he was in the incubator for 2 weeks. We never gave up on her. And now she is so beautiful. Just like Paige, my daughter fight and now living life to the fullest. I just want to say to all mothers out there that never give up on your babies. And have faith in God.

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  • Tashia Hale

    2017-05-03 #3 Author

    I can totally relate because my oldest son was premature. I was 24 weeks when he was born. I pray the Lord continues to bless this family

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  • Tashia Hale

    2017-05-03 #4 Author

    I can totally relate. My first child was premature. I was 24 weeks when he was born. I pray the Lord continues to bless this family.

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