Miracle premature baby goes home after ‘winning the fight for life’
A baby girl born 14 weeks prematurely and measuring just 29cm has finally been allowed home after ‘fighting bravely’ for four months in hospital.
Born on September 15, 2022 at the City Hospital in Ruda, Silesia, and weighing a mere 390 grams, the baby named Marta was discharged to her delighted parents last week weighing a healthy 2.5kg.
Posting on Facebook, the hospital said: “From the beginning of her life, she bravely fought against adversity.
“She has never required intubation or mechanical ventilation, which is unique among extremely premature babies and extremely low birth weight.”
Babies born prematurely are at higher risk of respiratory failure and serious developmental disorders, including cerebral palsy and blindness.
It is estimated that babies born before 37 weeks have as much as 30 times less chance of survival than babies born at term.
In the case of extremely premature babies, these chances are reduced by up to 200 times .
The hospital said: “Thanks to the multi-specialist care of the entire Neonatology Department of the Municipal Hospital in Ruda Śląska under the leadership of prof. dr hab. Janusz Świetliński, cooperation with Śląski Bank Mleka Kobiecego and the determination of her parents, she managed to win the fight for life.”
Attending physician Marta Twardoch-Drozd added: “I am very happy knowing that from today Marta's family will be complete.
“Many weeks of hard work are behind us, now it's time for parents and siblings to enjoy Martusia's presence at home.”