In England, Mollie Perrin was born three months early at Hull East Yorkshire Women and Children’s hospital. In April, Stephanie Perrin delivered Mollie via emergency Caesarean section after she was diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), which is a placental disorder.
Mollie’s father, James, described his daughter’s disorder like this: “The placenta didn’t work properly and in tandem with that, there was umbilical cord restriction, restricting the growth of the baby, because she wasn’t getting the nutrients she needed. Mollie just wasn’t getting fed properly. Every week she fell behind in size.”
The Mirror Online reports that doctors told Mollie’s parents to prepare for the worst because it was likely she would only live a few weeks after birth. However, the tiny baby pulled through and was held for the first time by her parents when she was 25-days old. James explained, “At our first scan, the doctors told us we can only expect to have her for three weeks. When they told us, we both just broke down. There were so many questions we had to ask. It has been horrific, but the people have really looked after us we are like a family now.”
Mollie was so small when she was born that James was able to slip his wedding ring around her arm, but now her parents will be able to bring their daughter home after a 17-week hospital stay. “I can’t believe the moment has finally come for us to take Mollie home. After weeks of watching parents come and go with their own babies, it’s finally going to be time to take our little one home. The joy and relief we feel is just amazing, we can’t wait to be able to finally be a family, it’s so incredibly special to be able to say we can take Mollie home,” said James.
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Currently, Mollie weighs 5Ibs 10oz and her parents believe she is a miracle baby.
James concluded, “It will be such a relief to take her home. That’s been the hardest bit; going home and not taking our baby daughter with us. Seeing all these other parents come in, having their baby and being able to take them home has been heart breaking. But knowing we will soon be able to do that is a massive relief. It just shows that it is possible to overcome all the odds, and miracles do happen.”
In the United States, a baby boy named Trevor was born at 23-weeks, weighed only one pound six ounces and was also so tiny that his father, Bo Frolek, could fit his wedding ring around his leg.
As LifeNews previously reported, Trevor’s parents didn’t know if their son was going to survive. Bo explained, “The doctor told us it was going to be a rollercoaster ride. We were going to have our good days and we’re going to have our bad days.”
After his arrival, Trevor was immediately put on life-support and went on to have surgeries on his heart and eyes. His mother, Becky, said, “It was hour by hour, minute by minute, hour by hour. It was scary but he was more human-like than I expected. All his fingers, all his toes, everything was there just so tiny. His skin was so transparent and fragile.”
Thankfully, Trevor had a team of health professionals that were dedicated to fighting for life. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and some doctors are hesitant to treat babies born before 24-weeks because that’s what they consider the age of viability.
Trevor’s doctor pointed out that it is rare for babies like him to survive. Dr. Scott Mutchler said, “Understatement to say miracle, a lot of prayer and faith intense from the nurses. It is a nonstop screaming ride.” An NICU nurse added, “There were a lot of days when we left here and were not sure we would see him again, and to see him do well, this is the best reward we could ask for.” In July, Trevor went home with his parents and their family is now expecting another baby.