A TEENAGE mother has given birth to the UK’s smallest baby, whose foot is no bigger than a thumb.
Ellie Paton’s baby Hannah Stibbles weighed just 325g (11oz) at birth too early, coming three and a half months before the due date.
Ellie, 17, was warned that little Hannah might not survive and that she had a 20% chance of surviving.
I was born on December 30, emergency surgery at 25 weeks.
But Hannah is well enough to breathe on her own and is slowly building strength and gaining weight.
Ellie and partner Brandon Stibbles, 21, said Hannah was “the best thing that ever happened to them” and they can’t wait to bring her home to Newmilns, Ayrshire, Scotland.
The couple were warned at 22 weeks’ ultrasound that their baby was the size of a 16-week fetus.
Ellie was diagnosed with preeclampsia – high blood pressure in pregnancy, which, if left untreated, can cause premature birth or mean that the baby is not growing as expected in the womb.
The only way to cure this condition is to have a baby. Usually this is at term, but it can be earlier in severe cases.
Ellie says her complicated pregnancy has always been “scary” – there’s no set date for a cesarean section because it could be needed at any time.
Before giving birth to Hannah, Ellie had to be hospitalized for two days because her blood pressure was too high.
She was sent home but the next morning, December 29, Ellie woke up with severe abdominal pain and chest tightness and was taken to Crosshouse Hospital around 11am.
She was sent to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), in Glasgow, at around 7pm.
Hannah was born by emergency cesarean section just after 1 a.m. on December 30 and is said to be smallest baby to survive in the UK for the past 19 years.
The UK’s smallest baby before Hannah was Aaliyah Hart, who weighed 12oz (340g) in 2003 and is now in her 20s.
Brandon, a laborer, said: “Senior doctors went to the neonatal unit and said ‘children this size can’t survive’.
“We were told she had a 20 per cent chance of survival, that she might need resuscitation, or stillbirth but when she exhaled she was practically breathing on her own.”
Ellie had to hug Hannah briefly, and Brandon had to change his son’s diaper – when she grabbed his finger in a white fist.
Brandon said: “We loved it. It was the best thing that ever happened to us.
“Ellie had to hug her and I had to change her diaper – when I took my hand off her diaper change, she grabbed it.”
The baby is wrapped in a bubble wrap to keep warm because it is lighter than a blanket.
Brandon said: “She has a bubble wrap on her, it keeps heat in it but she tends to kick it away.
“Everybody says she’s sassy, she’s very energetic.”
The couple are staying in a nearby Travelodge for the foreseeable future but when Hannah lifts the 500g she will be transported to Crosshouse Hospital.
It could be another two months, although she has gained 25g since coming out of the womb. It may not be until Hannah’s due date, April 13, that she will be able to go home.
The couple, who have been together for nearly 18 months, are living to be able to hold their young daughter soon.
People say she is very sassy, she is very active.
Ellie said: ‘We were allowed to put our hands in the incubator, I held her once – she slept on something called a ‘nest’.
“When the nurse changed it, I had to pick her up. Very soon we could carry her.”
Brandon said: “If anything she has excelled on the outside.
“We hope everything will continue as it is for her, gaining weight and feeding well.
“It hasn’t been easy but we’ve got a really strong support system, Ellie’s family is a great support.”
Ellie’s mother Stacey Miller, 36, gave birth to her third child, Abbie-Beth Miller, 28 weeks early last year.
Stacey – Hannah’s grandmother – has been very supportive of the young couple.
Brandon said: “Ellie’s mother went through the same thing. We were both really excited to be back in our own environment.
“I would never do it any other way.”
Ellie and Brandon commend the doctors at the obstetrics unit in QEUH.
Brandon said: “Everybody we’ve come in contact with since Ellie entered the obstetrics department has been absolutely brilliant.
“Our whole lives have just changed.”
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