The famous British author, Rebecca West, once said, “Existence in itself, taken at its least miraculous, is a miracle.” Some might not agree to this but sometimes existence really turns out to be miraculous. The story of this premature baby is going to restore your faith in miracles.
Austin Douglas was born 18 weeks before the due date!
He was born just two weeks before the abortion age limit, that means it was the middle of the pregnancy, weighing the same as a bag of sugar does. His mother, Helen, was rushed to the Leicester General Hospital when she got severe stomach pains and heavy bleeding just over halfway through her pregnancy. She was informed that she was fully dilated and nothing was going to stop the birth. His survival was deemed impossible by the doctors.
Austin’s skin was so thin his organs were visible and the holes in his ears had not yet formed.
Despite all that the doctors managed to keep him alive. He was shifted from the Leicester General Hospital to the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, where the doctors took his care for seven weeks. “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,” said Helen.
“He’s been fighting since day one,” shared his mother.
Helen further added, “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. He was translucent and we could see his organs through his skin. His ears hadn’t fully developed and neither had his lungs.” They have patiently seen him grow.
He has just been moved to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where he remains and is doing well.
He had contracted lung infection twice and the doctors warned his parents that it would be a touch and go after the second one, but luckily he pulled it through. He was smaller than the size of his mother’s hand but now the things are improving. Helen said, “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,” said Helen.
She further added, “He has grown a lot, I have to hold him with two hands now and he is bigger than my husband’s hand. 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.”
He is a miracle twice over!
Helen, who was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, was told that she could never bear a child. The mere news that she was pregnant made her happy beyond words as she said,”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.” Describing him as a miracle twice.
Austin’s parents are determined to take their son home on July 28, his original due date, as he continues to battle against the odds.
Jonathan Cusack, a 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.”