Doctors Counted This Tiny Preemie Out - They Shouldn't Have

It goes without saying that pregnancy is a time of mixed emotions. They run the gamut from anticipation and excitement to concern and worry, and it’s not uncommon to have the emotions ebb and flow throughout the course of the average day while waiting for the arrival of the new bundle of joy.

Of course, that’s just for your average everyday pregnancy that doesn’t come with any health concerns. When the health of mom or baby come into question, the overwhelming emotions quickly turn into fear and dread.

As hard as it may be, those emotions must be replaced with feelings of hope and optimism. That’s incredibly tough to do when it looks like things will turn out for the worst, but there are a ton of stories out there that demonstrate that things can turn out for the best - even when that looks like an impossibility.

Here’s another story that helps to drive that point home.

As Little Things shares, Victoria Bradley was looking forward to the birth of her new child, but the baby just wasn’t going to wait. At her 24th week, she would go into labor.

Despite all of the advancements that have been made in the survival rates of premature babies, this is an alarmingly early time to go into labor. For raw numbers, we’re talking about a full 15 weeks prior to a full-term pregnancy.

To place that even further into perspective, her baby was going to be born just two days after the abortion cutoff. Doctors didn’t see that there was any possible way for the baby to survive, and Victoria was left with no choice but to prepare for the worst.

“After Francesca was born, nurses actually gave me a memory box, which they do for babies that die at birth. They took prints of her hands and feet for me,” she explains. “I thought she still looked like a fetus. Her skin was see-through, and she didn’t have eyelashes or eyebrows. Her eyes weren’t even open yet.”

Francesca tipped the scales at just 1 lb., 6 oz., and her footprints were literally the size of coins. Despite that, she would soon prove that doctors had severely underestimated her.

After 15 blood transfusions, multiple surgeries, and a whole lot of love and care from the doctors, nurses - and of course Mom - Francesca proved that she wasn’t going anywhere.

“She just kept getting stronger each day. After eight weeks, she was off her incubator. The doctors couldn’t believe she was alive,” Victoria continued. “She’s just a joy, she’s so happy and she’s cheeky too. It’s just great to finally have her home. I didn’t think she would be here.”

Fast forward to today, and Francesca has celebrated her first birthday. She’s growing by leaps and bounds, as she weighs a very healthy 15 lbs., 2 oz. The number of medical issues that this child has had to battle through - meningitis, sepsis, collapsed lungs, and kidney issues, to name a few - is enough to take the fight out of even the toughest among us.

Her will to live is nothing short of remarkable, and we can only assume that mom’s hope and optimism helped give her the strength that she needed.

Source: Faith Tap, Little Things
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