After Doctors told she’d never have kids – her baby was born two weeks before the abortion limit and defies all odds to survive After Doctors told she’d never have kids – her baby was born two weeks before the abortion limit and defies all odds to survive
WHEN he was born at just 22 weeks, doctors warned his parents he had little chance of surviving. Tiny Austin Douglas weighed 1lb 4oz,... After Doctors told she’d never have kids – her baby was born two weeks before the abortion limit and defies all odds to survive

WHEN he was born at just 22 weeks, doctors warned his parents he had little chance of surviving.

Tiny Austin Douglas weighed 1lb 4oz, the same as a bag of sugar, when he arrived 18 weeks early on March 31.

When Austin Douglas was born at just 22 weeks, he was smaller than his mum's palm

When Austin Douglas was born at just 22 weeks, he was smaller than his mum’s palm

Mum Helen and dad Rhys were warned their son had little chance of surviving, after being born two weeks before the abortion limit

Mum Helen and dad Rhys were warned their son had little chance of surviving, after being born two weeks before the abortion limit

But, after weeks of specialist care, the newborn has defied the odds and his parents are now hoping to take him home

But, after weeks of specialist care, the newborn has defied the odds and his parents are now hoping to take him home

He was smaller than his mum’s palm.

And his skin was so thin his organs were visible, while the holes in his ears had yet to form.

Mum Helen, 30, and dad Rhys, 25, prepared themselves for the worst.

Born two weeks before the abortion limit, it is very rare for a baby so premature to survive.

Twenty four weeks is, by law, the legal limit of viability.

And guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists states babies born before this time pose a “major medical and ethical challenge”.

They add that it’s only after 25 weeks that there is a “general agreement that active management should be offered”.


But, following weeks of specialist care at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the brave newborn is now recovering well and is set to go home on his original due date next month.

Helen said her son is a “miracle twice over”, after she was previously warned she would never be able to have kids.

Yesterday the 30-year-old, from Leicester, said: “He’s been fighting since day one.

“We were asked if we wanted medical assistance for him, given how premature he was.

“I told doctors that if he came out breathing, I wanted them to do everything they could and they did.”

Baby Austin was born just two weeks after his parents went for their 20-week scan

Baby Austin was born just two weeks after his parents went for their 20-week scan

Austin weighed just 1lb 4oz, around half a bag of sugar

Austin weighed just 1lb 4oz, the same weight as a bag of sugar

He was smaller than mum Helen's palm, and his skin was so thin it was see-through

He was smaller than mum Helen’s palm, and his skin was so thin it was see-through

Mum and dad, Rhys, were told by doctors to prepare for the worst

Mum and dad, Rhys, were told by doctors to prepare for the worst

Helen was rushed to Leicester General Hospital when she suffered severe stomach pains and heavy bleeding just over half way through her pregnancy.

Doctors told her she was fully dilated and there was nothing to do to stop the birth.

Helen, a catering assistant, added: “He was translucent and we could see his organs through his skin.

I told doctors that if he came out breathing, I wanted them to do everything they could and they did

Mum, Helen

“His ears hadn’t fully developed and neither had his lungs.

“The medical staff whisked him away and put him in an incubator while they worked on him beside my bed.

“It was terrifying but I knew he needed intervention.”

Tiny Austin was whisked straight into an incubator before being taken to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, where he received care for seven weeks.

Helen was rushed to hospital when she got severe stomach pains and heavy bleeding just over half way through her pregnancy

Helen was rushed to hospital when she suffered severe stomach pains and heavy bleeding just over half way through her pregnancy

Doctors told the couple, Helen was fully dilated and there was nothing they could do to stop the birth

Doctors told the couple, Helen was fully dilated and there was nothing they could do to stop the birth

He has just been moved to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where he is doing well.

Doctors warned his devastated family it was touch and go after Austin twice contracted a lung infection – but stunned doctors to pull through.

His proud parents are determined to bring their newborn home on July 28, his original due date, as he continues to battle against the odds.

She added: “He has grown a lot, I have to hold him with two hands now and he is bigger than my husband’s hand.

“His heart beat is strong and breathing on his own gets better and longer every day.

“We have to take each day at a time but I’ve never prayed so much in my life since he came into the world.”

Helen suffers polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common condition that can cause infertility.

She added: “I was told years ago that I would probably have an early menopause and children were off the agenda, so Austin has been a little miracle from the very beginning.

Despite being born 18 weeks early, Austin has fought to survive, stunning medics

Despite being born 18 weeks early, Austin has fought to survive, stunning medics

His parents are now hoping to take their son home on his original due date which is next month

His parents are now hoping to take their son home on his original due date which is next month

Mum Helen was warned she may not be able to have kids, because she suffers polycystic ovary syndrome

Mum Helen was warned she may not be able to have kids, because she suffers polycystic ovary syndrome

She said her son is a "miracle twice over"

She said her son is a “miracle twice over”

“He is a miracle twice over.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was ecstatic.

“I love him so much and I’m so grateful for all the care he’s had.”

Jonathan Cusack, consultant neonatologist at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “We are pleased with how well Austin is doing at present given how premature he was at birth – he has clearly shown he is a fighter.

“However he remains on a lot of support and still has a long way to go.”

Henry Okafor

  • Lameka Chaney

    2017-06-13 #1 Author

    That’s just a miricle all the way around. God bless this family.

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  • Kayla Kerns

    2017-06-13 #2 Author

    This is so amazing ❤️

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  • Shailynweed

    2017-06-13 #3 Author

    Children are Great Blessings!

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  • Shania

    2017-06-13 #4 Author

    That Is such a blessing 🙌🏽

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  • Desiree Hillman

    2017-06-13 #5 Author

    This honestly is very sad I hate to see when babies come early like this due to whatever reason but god well def make a way for the family

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  • Jonisha Young

    2017-06-13 #6 Author

    God is good. He blessed the baby and his family

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  • Lauren

    2017-06-13 #7 Author

    Praying for this strong miracle baby 🙏🏽. AMEN

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  • Omauria

    2017-06-13 #8 Author

    What an incredible story of a baby fighting to survive after being born at 22 weeks and the parents who fought for his care! I don’t know what I would have done and how devastating it would have been to make a decision like that… my baby was born 5 weeks early and was 4lbs 14oz. Although he is completely healthy…a mother never stops worrying about her child. Congratulations to the couple and the baby!!

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  • Triangela Sept

    2017-06-13 #9 Author

    Beautiful Story!

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  • Tamica Parker

    2017-06-14 #10 Author

    Awww praying he continue to get better and come home!

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  • Kierra Murphy

    2017-06-14 #11 Author

    He is truly a blessing….god bless you and your family

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  • Alexis

    2017-06-14 #12 Author

    Very sad but God works miracles! So glad that baby made it.

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  • Maryeah

    2017-06-14 #13 Author

    A true fighter 😭💗

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  • Crystal

    2017-06-14 #14 Author

    This is so amazing you should always try instead of just giving up anything is possible

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  • Neek

    2017-06-14 #15 Author

    Wow what a beautiful story. I love hearing and reading articles like this. All mothers who run into this problem should read this. It will make their faith strong. My niece was born 22 weeks, and now 4 years old, healthy and strong. Bless them and the baby.

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  • Precious Reid

    2017-06-14 #16 Author

    I Was Told The Same Thing When I Got Diagnosed With Lupus In 2014 & 3 Years Later I Gave Birth To A 4lbs BabyGirl Who Is Now 9lbs 5.6 Ounces . As Long As You Have Faith Anything Is Possible

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  • Shaniya

    2017-06-14 #17 Author

    God bless his little soul ❤

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  • Calandra

    2017-06-14 #18 Author

    This is such a Blessing and Miracle!!

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  • Erica

    2017-06-14 #19 Author

    Never loose hope congrats on the beautiful baby boy anything is possible with God

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  • bria ponder

    2017-06-14 #20 Author

    He’s so handsome , glad y’all knew that GOD was in control

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  • Yasmen

    2017-06-14 #21 Author

    Awwww beautiful 😍😘

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  • Joy

    2017-06-14 #22 Author

    Praying He Make A good turn around your family is bless u have a fighter God bless

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  • Chelley

    2017-06-15 #23 Author

    This is such an incredible story! That little boy is a fighter!! It really shows how modern medicine and technology can help change thing that never seemed possible before. I’m praying for their family.

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