He could have been a statistic, but his mother Katy Evans was too determined to give him a chance of life to have an abortion. That’s not to say the circumstance wasn’t difficult — as Evans was 16 weeks pregnant when her waters suddenly broke.
Doctors diagnosed her as having preterm prelabour rupture of membranes – where the amniotic fluid drains from a mother’s womb. They told the 35-year-old mom that her baby had just a 1 percent chance of survival, but she refused their suggestion of an abortion saying “I want nature to take its course.”
In what physicians say is a medical miracle, two weeks later a scan revealed her waters had replenished in her womb and they told her they had never seen such an occurance happen before.
Her miracle baby named Leo was eventually born at 34 weeks and is now thriving.
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And even if it did survive, it might develop without limbs or be born unable to breathe.
There was also a high risk of Mrs Evans developing a dangerous womb infection.
‘It was a lot to take in,’ she said.
She was admitted to hospital for the next 48 hours and given antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection.
Meanwhile, doctors prepared her for the high possibility that she’d lose her baby. In most cases of PPROM, labour begins within 48 hours.
I didn’t want an abortion… I wanted nature to take its course.
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But as she waited in bed for what seemed to be an inevitable miscarriage, Mrs Evans was not prepared to completely abandon hope.
Whilst resting in bed, she spent two days researching the condition.
‘I joined Facebook support groups on my phone, read medical papers and exchanged messages with other mums,’ she said.
‘I discovered that, in reality, there seemed to be a much higher rate of survival in these cases than the one per cent figure from official statistics. That gave me hope.
‘But I also forced myself to read negative stories, from mums who’d lost their babies, which was very upsetting.’
Mrs Evans learned it was standard procedure for doctors in the UK to offer a termination to expectant mums with PPROM, to give them the best chance of avoiding an infection.
But she refused to give up hope.
‘This was a very much wanted pregnancy,’ she said. ‘I could feel my baby kicking. I already loved this little person.’