miracle baby!' Emotional journey as Kaci-Rose confounds doctors
Highbridge parents of a 'miracle baby' who was born so prematurely
that doctors said she wouldn't survive have told of their emotional
journey at watching her grow.
Cratchley was born at just 23 weeks and one day in January, weighing
less than a bag of sugar at just 575g, and measuring 27.5cm head
despite her parents being told she would not survive, the brave
youngster is proving the doctors wrong and growing up fast despite
many medical challenges along the way.
Sadie Cratchley told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Despite the doctors
saying she won't survive labour and to 'let her go', my husband
Marc and I stood our ground and asked them to try their best to
is no reason as to why I went into labour this early but Kaci-Rose
was ready to be born."
many failed attempts the doctors managed to get a tube small enough
to fit down into her tiny lungs to help her breathe."
were then transferred to a hospital an hour away. She was on the
ventilator for 11 weeks of life, CPAP for six weeks, high flow
oxygen for two weeks, then onto low flow oxygen which she is still
the first four and a half months of her life she was fed by tube
and is now feeding very well by bottle."
Kaci-Rose has faced many medical hurdles during her journey, but
she has taken these in her stride.
explained: "She has chronic lung disease which she will eventually
grow out of, and also a cow's protein intolerance. She also came
across many other problems whilst in the neonatal unit, such as
she hadn't passed a stool for the first 18 days, meaning we had
to be transferred to another hospital, but luckily she didn't
have to have surgery."
due to being born so early, Kaci-Rose's eyes weren't developing
properly, resulting in her having to have laser eye surgery. We
still don't know how much of her peripheral vision she has lost."
came across many obstacles whilst in the neonatal intensive care
unit but overcame every single one."
of her other problems was that she was born with a small hole
in her heart which hadn't yet closed over and is being followed
day before her due date, young Kaci-Rose was transferred back
to her local hospital here in Somerset and, eventually, after
six months she came home, weighing 6lb 1oz.
at eight months old, she is weighing over 8lb and is doing everything
she should be despite being told she would be blind/deaf and probably
have cerebal palsy," added Sadie.
still early days, but she is doing amazingly well. She has hundreds
following her Facebook page and absolutely everyone in our area
knows who she is."
is keen to get the message out to other mothers that premature
babies can overcome their early start. "Babies do survive