In November 2014, Lewis Brown came into the world 15-weeks early and weighed a tiny 1Ib 3oz, which is equivalent to half a bag of sugar. According to the Mirror Online, after his birth he had 16 blood transfusions and spent 24 days in an incubator. Additionally, he was placed on oxygen because he was struggling to breath.
However, now Lewis is finally going home and his parents couldn’t be happier. Nicole Gemmell and David Brown explained that Nicole developed preeclampsia during her pregnancy, which is why their son was born early. They also said that doctors warned them that Lewis only had a 50-50 chance of survival since he was a micro-preemie and stopped growing at 22 weeks.
Nicole said that she was shocked when she went to the hospital and they delivered him the next day. She said, “I thought I would be monitored for a few hours on the Thursday – but I ended up having him on the Saturday. We were in shock. I kept thinking the doctors would return and tell us everything was alright.”
She added, “A normal 25-week baby would have a 75 per cent chance or survival, but because Lewis was born at 22 weeks he was only 50-50.”
As LifeNews previously reported, another premature baby survived after arriving 15-weeks early. In the United Kingdom, Sanne Kamphorst arrived at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital weighing 1Ib 14 oz. She was delivered 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. The girl is back home with her parents and her older brother Joris.
Amazingly, because of medical advances, more and more micropreemies (babies born before 26-weeks) are surviving. 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 underdeveloped lungs to brain problems; however, these issues are no longer considered “untreatable.”
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Currently, the youngest baby to survive a premature birth was delivered at 21 weeks, and the record of the world’s most premature baby belongs to Canadian James Elgin Gill. James was expected to die at birth, but he survived and in 2006 was a healthy teenager headed off to college.