Chloe and her family were very happy about her fourth pregnancy. But the excitement wasn’t meant to last long. Soon they discovered something unusual. Her belly had begun to grow massively, a sign of unnatural pregnancy. Moreover, it posed a threat to her life. But here’s how things turned out for her.
Chloe was already a mother to three. The couple was super excited about expecting the fourth. But when her stomach grew beyond the limit, her family became very concerned. She was taken in for an ultrasound that revealed the startling truth. It turned out that Chloe was not carrying one, but three babies. That was a bit overwhelming because of the already large family that they were. What was alarming was that one of the babies wasn’t getting enough oxygen, and it was a girl that the family had been looking forward to for so long!
This was not it. The baby girl was dying in the womb, and the couple was left with only two choices. Either carry on and let the baby girl die or deliver the three children prematurely which could be risky for all the three babies. Either way they would be heading for an extreme measure. But they had to make a choice.
The couple was very skeptical about what was in store for them. Finally, they resolved to carry all three of them even if it was premature. The baby girl had already survived 28 weeks which meant that she had been strong throughout. In a few days, the three babies were born. They did seem fragile due to the premature birth. They were given blood transfusions and were confined to the hospital for days.
The babies survived quite well as the days progressed. The parents heaved a sigh of relief as the babies grew stronger as the days passed. They named the babies Pearl, Rufus, and Henry. When they returned home with the babies, their joy knew no bounds. The three elder brothers were all over their little siblings. Today the kids look lovely together! What makes it even cute is that the boys are very protective about their little sister.
It’s amazing how faith can do wonders in life.
The story of little Beatrix in London who survived the first 23 minutes starved of oxygen soon after birth serves as yet another example. The child had stopped breathing after the normal cut-off point of 20 minutes. The team of 15 practitioners who battled to resuscitate her to life had nearly given up when the consultant urged one final attempt to save her as he was reminded of his little daughter.
At last, little Beatrix coughed and sprang back to life! She arrived in water birth and weighted 6lb 2oz at the time of birth. She was rushed to intensive care for two-and-a-half hours and wasn’t allowed to be seen by her parents for the first time for another two hours. The same evening she was transferred to London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital where she was wrapped by cooling blanket for 72 hours. It helped reduce her core body temperature and prevent any brain damage. Her parents were allowed to hold her for the first time ten days later.
Ten weeks on an MRI scan revealed no brain damage that was feared. Beatrix had pulled on pretty well despite suffering perinatal asphyxia after a placental bleed.
While in the womb, babies derive their oxygen through the umbilical cord and placenta. Asphyxia could occur while in mother’s womb, during labor or soon after birth. While in the womb, possible causes are a blockage or squeezing of umbilical cord thereby reducing the blood flow, low blood pressure of the mother or placental disruption. A difficult or prolonged labor may also squeeze the umbilical cord, or the placenta might detach from the womb prematurely and cut off the oxygen supply. The symptoms of asphyxia are recognized through abnormal activity in the central nervous system. Mild to severe asphyxia can be determined through metabolic changes in glucose or lactic acid. The extent of damage to brain cells or functioning of the brain can also be assessed by using MRI, EEG or HUS. Additional tests may be performed for baby’s sensory responses.