Baby girl who was born 15 weeks early and weighed just 1.6lbs survives sepsis to come home in time for her first Christmas
A couple who spent four months visiting their premature baby in hospital are overjoyed that she’s coming home in time for her first Natale.
Kimberley Melvin, 25, and James Gallacher, 26, faced an agonising few months after baby Freya-Rose was born 15 weeks early, weighing as much as a bag of chips.
Freya-Rose was born weighing 1.6lbs in July 16, and was finally able to come home last Friday, weighing a healthy 6lb 5oz.
She has a chronic lung condition and her parents have to keep an oxygen tank handy in case she gets a chest infection.
Now they are fundraising for the NHS as a gesture of gratitude to medics who helped their baby pull through.
Kimberley Melvin, 25, and James Gallacher, 26, from Greenock, Inverclyde, waited four months for their daughter Freya-Rose to come home from hospital after she was born 15 weeks early on July 15, at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow, nella foto
Nursing assistant Kimberley has polycistic ovary syndrome and was warned she would struggle to conceive, and the couple will not try for more children.
James, who works in the construction industry, said doctors saved Freya-Rose’s life without batting an eyelid and said the NHS is massively underfunded.
Mum-of-one Kimberley said: ‘She’s just like a newborn baby. It was the best Christmas present when she came home.
‘It was four months in hospital and a lot of setbacks.
Freya-Rose, pictured in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after her birth, weighed only 1.6lbs when she was born
James pictured holding Freya-Rose during a hospital visit following her premature birth in Glasgow
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‘We were going every day to see her, it’s not been easy, especially leaving the hospital. It’s horrible.
‘I was told it would be hard to conceive and she was given a 30 per cent chance of survival.’
The couple were looking forward to welcoming baby Freya-Rose home to a nursery they have decorated for her, when she became ill with sepsis and Streptococcus, a blood infection.
Kimberley spotted a rash and alerted medics and the illness delayed the tot’s release from hospital.
Both parents have been working full-time throughout.
James ha aggiunto: ‘The doctors and nurses were outstanding. They save a life and then they crack on like it’s nothing.
‘To us, they’ve saved our wean’s life. There’s no recognition and they do need to have enough equipment in there.
‘The NHS should be better funded especially neonatal units.
‘It’s inspiring, we were in there for more than 125 giorni, it’s a long time to be stuck in there full time.
‘It’s been a long, long journey.’
When Kimberley found she was bleeding unexpectedly she feared she was having a miscarriage and was rushed to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, underwent tests and was immediately transferred to the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow.
The birth lasted an hour and 55 minuti.
She only learnt she was pregnant four weeks in after being admitted to hospital for treatment to a cyst.
Nella foto: Freya-Rose in hospital. Her loving parents went to see her in hospital everyday throughout the four months
Kimberley and James were ecstatic when they were finally given the greenlight to bring Freya-Rose home last week, nella foto
Lei ha aggiunto: ‘I went for an ultrasound for the purpose of getting a cyst removed and I discovered there was a baby in there – four weeks into the pregnancy.
‘We were overjoyed by the news.’
James ha detto: ‘It’s a nice wee Christmas present.
‘She caught an infection, we were expecting to get her home and then she was on breathing tubes.
‘She weighed 730g when she was born – about the weight of a bag of chips.
‘We didn’t know if she would live. We met a lot of nice people in there as well.
You can donate to Kimberley and James’ appello Qui.
After battling sepsis while she was in hospital, Freya is now a healthy weight and has been able to come home in time for Christmas
Kimberley holding Freya-Rose. The mother-of-one said having her daughter home in time for Christmas feels like a miracle