Premature infant kept warm in sandwich bag

By Camille H, Parent Herald March 27, 04:05 pm

A premature baby born three months early and weighing only 1 pound was able to survive with the help of a sandwich bag.

Before giving birth to Lucia, the Sansbury couple endured five failed IVF treatments and two miscarriages.

When Lucia was born, her parents were informed that she only had a 50 percent chance of survival.

"She cried the moment she was delivered then she wriggled. It was only the tiniest little cry but she was making an effort - we knew then and there she really was a fighter," mother Emma told the Daily Mail.

The baby, whose size surprised even doctors, was placed in a sandwich bag to keep her warm.

Emma, 39, added: "We all knew she would be small but I don't think anyone expected her to be quite that small. Staff at Plymouth said she was the size of a 22-week gestation baby."

Lucia needed bowel and laser eye surgery soon after she was born, but a year later, she is a happy and healthy little girl.

Going forward, it is only a matter of time until they find out whether or not there will be complications.

"Lucia's lungs are really good but we don't know if there are any other problems for possibly years," Emma said.

The couple asks that people donate to Cots for Tots, a foundation that purchases specialist incubators, as well as Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where Lucia was born.

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