1-Pound Baby Kept Alive in Sandwich Bag Celebrates Her First Birthday

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 21, 2014   |   1:35PM   |   Washington, DC

Little Lucia Sansbury weighed just one pound after she was born prematurely. She was so small that she was kept alive in a sandwich bag by doctors at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, England who did their best to keep her alive and help her grow.

Now, baby Lucia is celebrating her first birthday.

UPDATE: 3/21/2018: Happy 5TH birthday to Lucia!

luciasundbury“The tiny infant needed emergency treatment to repair her bowel and laser surgery to save her eye sight,” says the Plymouth Herald newspaper. “She was so tiny that medics had to improvise by placing her in clear plastic sandwich bag to keep her warm. One year on, little Lucia has celebrated the first birthday that her doting parents Emma and Steve Sansbury feared she would never see.”

Mom and Dad had gone through failed IVF treatments and two miscarriages before getting pregnant with Lucia, who was born 13 weeks ahead of schedule.

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Proud Emma and Steve celebrated Lucia’s first birthday with a party for family and friends.

The family also asked people to donate money to the Cots for Tots appeal, which buys specialist incubators, and Derriford Hospital.

It may be years before they know if Lucia is suffering from any long-term problems.

Emma said: “Lucia’s lungs are really good but we won’t know if there are any other problems for possibly years.



“Lucia is lovely and when your baby has had to fight just to survive, you are just glad you have them regardless of what problems may come.”

Mr Rajasri, a consultant in maternal and fetal medicine who specialises in high-risk pregnancies, said: “They were an incredible family to work with and they were very brave.

“I call Lucia my miracle baby. Their story really shows the difference we can make.”