23 week baby

One-Pound Baby Amazes Doctors

Born at just 1lb 2oz Chloe Wilson, has stunned doctors by fighting her way through two months of life… and going from strength to strength.

The tiny micro-preemie, who arrived at just 23 weeks gestation, is one of the most premature babies to have survived in the UK .

She was born just six minutes after twin sister Ellie, who clung to life for 30 hours before passing away.

Her parents, Michelle and Steven, have spoken of the shock of discovering Michelle was giving birth more than four months early, the agony of losing their first born and the delight that Chloe has defied the odds to live.

Michelle, 23, remembers the night saying:

“I was at home and I didn’t feel too good but didn’t think too much of it. “But as the evening went on I began to feel a bit of pain. By about 7pm I began to worry and we went through to Dryburn hospital where I was told I was 2cm dilated. I was given drugs to try and stop the process.

“But when I went to the toilet and looked down I could see a foot hanging out of me. It was obvious then that I was going to give birth.”

Doctors warned the couple the twins had less than a 10 per cent chance of survival . . . and Ellie didn’t make it.

Michelle said:

“The staff were always honest with us and gave us the facts which is what you want. We were told that things weren’t looking good for her and that we should call our family so they could come to say goodbye. We had her baptised and a short while later she died.”

During her time in the NICU, Chloe has needed an operation to assist her breathing, a heart operation and a blood transfusion. For the last two months she has been in an incubator with oxygen to help her tiny lungs develop. The good new is – she now weighs 2lb 13oz.

Like Chloe’s family, we hope this little fighter makes it home for Christmas!

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  • This is so amazin because im 19 years old and I gave birth to my son on oct 10 and he is now a lil over a month old and he came old 3months early and 1lb 2oz and me and my family was told he more than likely would not make it….me and his father see him everyday and he is now 2 1/2 lbs and we are so happy…and we just try and think the best of it cause he is a miracle and all preemies are…congrats on the baby girl…she is a true fighter..god bless!

  • i have had my last son i was only 23 weeks my son is now 2yrs old so please keep faith in god cause he was in the nicu for the first 6 mos. of his life and yet today he is normal 2yr old

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