Rachel Collins’ water broke at 20 weeks during her pregnancy and her doctors advised her that an abortion would be the best option. Physicians at Sutton Coldfield’s Good Hope Hospital who advised her abortion said her baby had just a 10 percent chance of surviving.
“I could feel my baby moving, he was alive, how could I get rid of him?” Collins said. Despite the bleak outlook, Collins pressed on and she is now the proud mother of a health baby boy named Alfie.
Collins talked with the Observer newspaper about her story:
Rachel said: “Everything seemed fine until I went for my 20-week scan at Good Hope Hospital and they said my waters had gone.
“The doctor said ‘this baby will die, the best thing you can do is terminate it’.
“But we already had a name for our baby and I was devastated.
“We had suffered an ectopic pregnancy in February and the thought of losing two babies in one year was devastating.
“There was no way I was terminating my baby, I thought if he’s not meant to be, then I will miscarry – but I knew that I had to try.”
Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham agreed to take Rachel on as a patient.
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She said: “They told me it was going to be tough, that he might have a squashed face or a club foot, but they said they would give him a chance.
“It was hard; I was at hospital more often than I was at home, but I just had to keep going.”
Alfie was due on Christmas Day, but was born prematurely at 30 weeks by emergency caesarean, on October 21.She added: “He is a little miracle. It was a nightmare pregnancy, but every day he was hanging on was a blessing. He is now 6lb 14oz and has no health problems.