In April, Sanne Kamphorst arrived at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital weighing a tiny 1Ib 14 oz. She was delivered 15 weeks early via emergency Cesarean section after her mother, Marloes, had an umbilical cord prolapse. She spent a total of 103 days in the intensive care unit and relied on a ventilator, blood transfusions and steroids to survive.
Now she is back home with her parents and her older bother Joris. However, even though Sanne is doing much better, she will need to stay on oxygen for several months because of a respiratory tract infection.
The Kamphorst’s decided to help the charity, Gift of Hope raise money for the hospital so that they can help other babies like Sanne. The money will go toward much-needed medical treatment and equipment that would give preemies a better chance at survival. Marloes emphasized the importance of quality equipment and said: “We need the latest equipment to improve the outcome of premature babies like Sanne.” So far, the Kamphorst’s have helped raise £400,000.
Amazing, because of medical advances, more and more micropreemies (babies born before 26-weeks) survive. The Telegraph shared that from the 1970s to the 1990s doctors typically would not treat a baby born before 23-24 weeks. Sometimes they would ventilate the baby, but otherwise the baby was left alone. The medical problems these babies faced included everything from unformed lungs to a damaged brain to tissue, but these issues are no longer considered “untreatable.”
As LifeNews previously reported, the youngest baby to survive was born at 21 weeks and the record of the world’s most premature baby belongs to James Elgin Gill; a Canadian boy born at just 21 weeks 5 days. James was expected to die at birth, however, he survived and in 2006 was a healthy teenager headed off to college.
Between now and the New Year, we’re lending our support to the Give the Gift of Hope appeal, which will fund life-saving ventilators and other much-needed equipment.
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