October 26, 2007

Non-Blogging and Non-Attention Alert

Filed under: General — Tom @ 2:36 pm

A cold and Dayquil/Nyquil (not necessarily in that order) have knocked me out for the rest of the day.

Hopefully, blogging will resume tomorrow morning.

Positivity: Tiny survivor and a mother who wouldn’t give up

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 2:34 pm

From Australia:

October 18, 2007

WHEN she was born Elora De Bondi’s arms barely stretched the length of her mother’s finger.

The little girl came into the world on January 29 weighing just 319 grams, possibly making her the smallest baby born alive in Australia.

Even before she was delivered by emergency caesarean section more than 12 weeks premature, doctors at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, doubted she would live.

But her mother, Adele, despite being told by several doctors that there was no hope, never gave up.

Ms De Bondi, 29, learnt that her pregnancy was in trouble during a routine ultrasound.

Her baby was too small, and her pregnancy would most probably end within a month.

“Basically, I was 20 weeks pregnant but the baby was about 17 weeks in size,” she said yesterday.

Doctors administered a course of steroids in the hope of coaxing Elora to grow.

The baby’s lungs had scarcely developed and she had a very low chance of survival.

After two weeks of no progress the doctors gave Ms De Bondi the grimmest of news: her placenta was dying and, with it, Elora.

“They said basically: ‘Your baby has zilch chance of being born alive – we advise you to go home and let nature take its course,”‘ she said. “I was told that there was no chance of such a tiny baby surviving.”

Undeterred by the prognosis, Ms De Bondi demanded a caesarean section despite the risks of not only losing her child, but her fertility and even her life.

“My gut feeling straight away was to have a caesarean. To me there was no other way. I was adamant that that was only option. My gut instincts was that this baby is going to be born alive and it will be fine.”

Elora was born after only 24 weeks in her mother’s womb. She spent seven months attached to ventilators in an intensive care unit.

Ms De Bondi said Elora came close to dying countless times as she battled infections, renal failure and the stress of her surroundings.

Many times doctors advised Ms De Bondi to switch off Elora’s life support.

She remained steadfast, trusting that her fragile daughter, whom she had barely touched, would pull through. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.