Premature Baby Girl Born at 23 Weeks Celebrates Her 1st Birthday

A baby girl from Newport has celebrated her first birthday after being born weighing just 328 grams.

Baby Robyn was born at just 23 weeks and two days, when she was small enough to fit in the palm of her hand. He was initially placed in a sandwich bag to keep his vital organs warm, and required a ventilator to breathe. After developing sepsis, he needed 16 blood transfusions.

Now after more than a year of care in two hospitals, she is now much healthier weighing 7kg.

“We are very proud of him”

For Robyn’s first birthday, staff at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff went out of their way to make the day special.

“Celebrating Robyn’s first birthday was a milestone at times we thought we’d never reach”, her mother Chantelle said.

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“We were able to spend the day in a separate cubicle and enjoy some privacy while visiting family and friends”, he continued. “The cubicle was decorated with banners and balloons, it looked amazing”.

His father Daniel added “Robyn was truly spoiled with many wonderful gifts and messages. We are so proud of her and what she’s overcome this year is really amazing”.

Despite seemingly insurmountable odds, Robyn’s parents say that he was “heading in the right direction” in being allowed to return home.

Chantelle said, “It was a challenge for us as parents to spend a whole year in the hospital. The past year has had many ups and downs but Robyn has made a lot of progress”.

Premature babies are increasingly surviving with improved medical intervention.

At just over 23 weeks, baby Robyn was born before the current legal abortion limit of 24 weeks. Babies like Robyn highlight the stark contradiction between British abortion law and current medical practice.

On the one hand, the law allows the termination of the life of babies at 22 and 23 weeks, and, on the other hand, current medical practice strives to save the lives of many babies born prematurely at 22 or 23 weeks of pregnancy.

Right To Life UK Spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said, “Congratulations to baby Robyn on reaching her first birthday after a challenging year of medical treatment! We hope she continues to improve and will be home soon”.

“Babies like Robyn show the strength and resilience of human life, and teach the humanity of unborn and preborn children before the abortion limit of 24 weeks. I hope stories like these help by Robyn to change the minds of legislators considering a reduction in the abortion limit”.

LifeNews Note: Republished with permission from Right to Life UK.

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