Premature Baby Born Weighing Less Than Coke Bottle Fᴏᴜɢʜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴅᴅs To Be Able To Go Home With Her Parents
Roxanne was born at 28 weeks weighing just 1lb 14oz, but has Fᴏᴜɢʜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴅᴅs to be able to go home with her parents and sister to celebrate her first Christmas.
When Rebekah Pegg and her partner Adam’s baby was born smaller than a Coke bottle in April they Fᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ she might not be strong enough to make it to Christmas. Roxanne arrived three months ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇʟʏ ᴡᴇɪɢʜɪɴɢ only 1lb 14oz.
But to Rebekah and Adam’s joy, Roxanne has just celebrated her first Christmas with her parents and big sister, three-year-old Isabella.
Rebekah, 26, says: “There were some very sᴄᴀʀʏ moments when we didn’t know if Roxanne would sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ. At two weeks old she was smaller than a bottle of Coke, she was so ᴛɪɴʏ ᴀɴᴅ Fʀᴀɢɪʟᴇ I ᴡᴀs sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ to touch her.”
Rebekah’s pregnancy with Roxanne almost ended four weeks in, when an ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴀɴ ᴄʏsᴛ ʀᴜᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ.
“I was rushed to hospital in ᴀ ʟᴏᴛ ᴏF ᴘᴀɪɴ and was given both wonderful and ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ news. I was told I was in the early weeks of a pregnancy, but I needed an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴀʟ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴜᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ ᴄʏsᴛ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀ ʜɪɢʜ ʀɪsᴋ I ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀʏ.” she said
At just 28 weeks pregnant, Rebekah was admitted to hospital after feeling ᴜɴᴡᴇʟʟ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄɪɴɢ ʀᴇᴅᴜᴄᴇᴅ ᴍᴏᴠᴇᴍᴇɴᴛs. She was placed on a monitor to check on the baby. Three hours later, the baby’s heartbeat dropped and the room was filled with medical staff, it was incredibly sᴄᴀʀʏ. Immediately she was rushed into theatre and within minutes, Roxanne was delivered by ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. Her baby was whisked off to N.I.CU after.
Roxanne spent 96 days in the N.I.CU, during which time she sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴄᴏʟʟᴀᴘsᴇᴅ ʟᴜɴɢs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀs ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇᴅ ᴏɴ ᴀ ᴠᴇɴᴛɪʟᴀᴛᴏʀ, ᴊᴀᴜɴᴅɪᴄᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴏᴇᴅᴇᴍᴀ – sᴡᴇʟʟɪɴɢ ᴄᴀᴜsᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴇxᴄᴇss Fʟᴜɪᴅ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴅʏ’s ᴛɪssᴜᴇs.
“I ᴠɪsɪᴛᴇᴅ her every day, but leaving hospital without my baby was ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ. We had support from an ᴀᴍᴀᴢɪɴɢ ᴄʜᴀʀɪᴛy called Emily’s Star, which gifted me a neonatal box. We took the photo of her with the Coke bottle when she was a fortnight old, to show friends and family just how small she was. I really can’t believe how fragile she was.”admits Rebekah.
In July, came the day Rebekah and Adam had been waiting for, and they were able to bring Roxanne home. Now, Roxanne is a bouncing eight-month-old with, Rebekah says, “a cheeky, happy personality”. She is still dependent on ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ ᴀs ʜᴇʀ ʟᴜɴɢs ᴀʀᴇ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘᴇᴅ but it is hoped she will come off it as she grows bigger.