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Premature baby put in SANDWICH BAG by docs to keep her warm

Premature baby Faith was born at just 1 pound and 15 ounces but remarkably she survived. Her mom said: "They put her in this little bag to keep her warm and to mimic my womb."

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By Emma Dunn via SWNS

A baby born 15 weeks premature was so tiny doctors put her into a SANDWICH BAG to keep her warm and mimic her mother's womb.

Little Faith Findlay weighed just 1lbs 15oz when she was delivered by emergency c-section at 26 weeks on 13th September 2020 at the James Cook University Hospital, in North Yorkshire, England - three months before her due date.

Doctors immediately bundled Faith into a transparent sandwich bag - which mimics the womb and aims to prevent body temperature from dropping.

Faith - who was lighter than half a bag of sugar and smaller than her mother's hand - was rushed to intensive care, where doctors told her parents they didn't know if she would make it.

Faith battled a hole in her heart and a brain lesion - a spot on the brain which could indicate brain damage- and had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for 79 days.

But miraculously, tiny Faith defied the odds and she is now at home and thriving - seven months on.

Mom Vanessa Findlay, 32, a waitress, from Catterick, England, said: "They put her in this little bag to keep her warm and to mimic my womb.

"I was so shocked at how small she was."

Vanessa and her husband, Kurt, 32, a lance corporal, were overjoyed to have their little girl home after a traumatic pregnancy and nervous few months.

Mom-of-three Vanessa suffered hyperemesis gravidarum - a condition causing horrific constant vomiting and nausea - for most of the pregnancy and had to be on bed rest.

Vanessa said: “It was such a horrible pregnancy and I was always scared I was going to lose her.

“When she was born she let out a little squeaky cry then she was rushed away to intensive care.

“She was just so tiny with all of these wires around her.

“Amazingly she pulled through and came home.

“I don’t think I slept a wink that first night she was back.”

Vanessa found out she was pregnant in May 2020 when her husband, Kurt, was away in Afghanistan with the army.

“I had lost babies before and had complications so I was deemed high risk,” Vanessa said.

She started to become very ill with hyperemesis gravidarum and was in and out of hospital as she became very dehydrated to the point her veins collapsed.

“It was horrific and with Kurt not at home I had to still look after my two boys which I could hardly do," she said.

Vanessa was having regular scans and at 19 weeks medics discovered she had little to no cervix left and would have to have emergency surgery to have a stitch put in to keep her cervix closed.

“My consultant called my husband home at this point which was such a relief,” Vanessa said.

“After the surgery, I was on strict bed rest.”

The doctors had also managed to do a test that had determined that Vanessa would likely go into early labor.

“At 22 weeks my water broke but they kept me in the hospital and tried to keep the baby inside me as long as possible," she said.

Vanessa managed to make it to 26 weeks before her contractions started and she was taken to the delivery ward at the hospital to have her baby.

Vanessa - who is also mom to Timothy, 13, and Kae, nine- said: “They had to take my stitches out first and then in 15 minutes she was out.

“I was so relieved when I heard a little cry.”

Faith was born at a tiny 1lbs 15oz on the 13th of September 2020.

Vanessa and Kurt were able to see her later that day.

“She looked so tiny with all the wires and in her incubator. We had no idea if she would make it.”

Vanessa and Kurt were able to take their baby daughter home on 2nd December 2020.

Thankfully little Faith, although still tiny, is doing well at home.

She still has a hole in her heart, but doctors are hoping it will close up on its own.

“We didn’t know until the day that we could take her home," Vanessa said.

“The hospital suddenly rang and said: 'Bring the car seat.'”

Now Faith is home, she is a healthy one-year-old and is doing really well.

“She’s still quite tiny one-year-old but she’s a little fighter," Vanessa said.

“I’m so happy that she is healthy and thriving.”

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