Baby given less than 1% chance of survival arrives home – thanks to brave mum who risked her life
A baby who was given 0.07% chance of survival has arrived home – thanks to her brave mum who risked her life during pregnancy.
Mum of three, Vicki Herron, 38, from Wrawby, North Lincolnshire, was given the slimmest odds of conceiving and told by doctors that having a child could kill her.
Vicki was diagnosed with a condition called hyperhomocysteinemia – which causes the blood to become too thick and lack oxygen – after her second still birth.
But after falling pregnant last year, Vicki was determined to continue with her pregnancy and was closely monitored with scans every two weeks.
Vicki went into early labour at 25 weeks pregnant and despite the risks, Olivia was born weighing 1lb 15oz.
She spent 20 weeks in hospital and after beating the odds, Olivia came home on June 26.
Vicki and her husband, Adrian, 41, are over the moon to finally have her home and believe all the risks were worthwhile.
The full time mum, said: “Looking at Olivia now it’s crazy that she was given a 0.07 per cent chance of survival.
“Me and Adrian knew the risks but we decided to go ahead with the pregnancy.
“It was an incredibly nerve wracking time due to the two still births I’d encounted as well as the miscarriage the year before.
“But it was all worthwhile when we saw Olivia and how much of a fighter she was.
“At one point doctors told us that Olivia’s chance of surviving was just 25 per cent.
“Her ventilation tube was leaking and due to the risks of fitting a new one, there were no doctors who were willing to take her life into their hands.
“We had to just stay positive that the leaking tube was still working enough for her to stay alive.
“And thankfully it was and she was finally allowed home at 20 weeks old.
“Despite being on oxygen while her lungs developed, she has no other health problems.”
Vicki was first diagnosed with a weak cervix before having her eldest daughter, Hannah, who is now 15 years old.
But inbetween her second pregnancy with, Millie, 11, in 2005, she was diagnosed with a blood condition called hyperhomocysteinemia – which caused an abnormally high level of an amino acid in the blood.
Vicki said: “I was led to believe my blood was too thick for my own body.
“My eldest daughters were both premature and then after my still births, doctors did further tests which revealed I had a blood condition that was causing all the problems.
“Up until 24 weeks my pregnancies were always fine but it’s the final hurdle that the blood thickness limits the oxygen in my blood that goes to the baby.
“In the end Olivia had an emergency C-section due to a fibrous band being around her neck.”
Before conceiving Olivia, Vicki had undergone a hydrothermal ablation – a process that involves burning away the lining of the uterus.
She added: “I was told the lining of my womb would not grow back and the chances of more children was slim.
“After being told there was a 0.07 per cent chance of falling pregnant, we were stunned to find out we were expecting.
“We were told there was a chance that I and the baby could die due to the lack of oxygen.
“But it all worked out in the end, Olivia is a little miracle and we’re so happy to all be finally home.”
Since being reunited at home with her older sisters, Hannah and Millie, Olivia has come on leaps and bounds – and now weighs 10lb 7.5oz.
Vikki added: “We’re so proud of Olivia, there were so many times when she shouldn’t have survived.
“I hope our story gives other parents hope and we never imagined we’d have a healthy baby girl this time last year.”