03.05.2014

Can a 24 week pregnancy baby survive

A premature baby who was given little chance of survival when he was born at 23 weeks has celebrated his first birthday. Born at the very brink of life: Over half of babies now survive birth at 24 weeks, the legal abortion limit. The couple live in Cwmbran, South Wales, and have a daughter Hannah, three, and son Kieron, two, who was born at 24 weeks and three days weighing 1lb 10oz. When she was put into my arms, after a normal pregnancy and labour, I felt such love for her I didn't want to let her go. But now, thanks to medical advances (some as simple as using a plastic sandwich bag to prevent water loss immediately after birth), more of these tiny babies are managing to survive. According to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics in 2011, 80 per cent of babies born extremely prematurely survived.


We couldn't give up on our daughter.'Even when she exceeded our expectations in surviving those first crucial 24 hours we were warned she was looking at a life in a vegetative state. Doctors said that even if their baby survived, his internal organs would be so weak that he would have no protection from infection. If he'd been born the day I went into labour it's possible some hospitals wouldn't have fought for him because guidelines mean that babies born at 22 and 23 weeks are treated only if the parents and doctors agree.
After carrying a baby and preparing for him to come into the world, to be told that he will not live is just devastating.
A pre-term baby has very thin skin, so it seems very red because you can see all the blood.
High numbers of babies used to die from a lack of surfactant, including President John F Kennedy’s youngest child, Patrick, who was born five and a half weeks early in 1963, weighing about 4lb 10oz.


Angela says: 'John and I spent 16 years trying for a baby, so we felt as if we'd hit the jackpot when, after our first attempt at IVF, I finally got pregnant.
In the womb a foetus will gain between a third to half of its birth weight after 32 weeks, growing from, on average, 1,800g (4lb) at 32 weeks to about 3,600g (8lb) at full term.
Cerebral palsy affects about 10 per cent of those born at 23 weeks (the risk falls to 1-2 per cent at 26 weeks). It costs about ?1,500 a day to keep a baby in intensive care, ?900 in a high-dependency cot and then a sliding scale of costs for special care, transitional care and normal care.



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