Tiny premature baby the size of a can of Coke fighting for his life in hospital

Little Elli Robertson was born on February 22 at 25 weeks and is being cared for at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow, but she is so small that she can only be handled a few times a day

Jordan and Caitlyn Robertson - Parents of baby Elli from Irvine, 29 and 23.
Elli arrived 15 weeks early – but her parents didn’t give up hope

A 25-week-old baby the size of a Coke can is fighting for his life after four days of intense labour.

Caitlyn Robertson gave birth to baby Elli 15 weeks early on February 22nd with her daughter weighing just 1lb 7oz.

The 23-year-old’s waters unexpectedly broke on February 18, but doctors were certain the child would not survive and so waited for a natural birth daily record reports.

The tot was so small he would not have survived a caesarean section at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland.

Just a few days after the birth, Elli suffered a grade 4 cerebral hemorrhage.

Caitlyn and Jordan Robertson say their daughter is struggling – and they can’t wait to take her home


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The tiny baby was born the size of a Coke can last month


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Doctors have told parents Caitlyn and Jordan their daughter will have some form of disability as a result.

The couple already share two other children, Oliver, 4, and Hunter, 18 months.

Caitlyn also experienced a premature birth with Hunter, who arrived at 31 weeks, but he was very healthy and went home quickly.

Caitlyn said: “Her first scan was clear but she suffered this bleed on the third day.

“It’s the highest level of bleeding and she will have some form of disability, but we won’t know what that is until she gets older.

“The bleeding could stay the same or get worse or it might not make it all – it’s a lot to take in.”

As well as bleeding in her brain, Elli is also battling a skin infection and staff are carefully monitoring the tot’s weight, which has fallen from 810g at birth to just 678g.

Ellie is now so small that she can only be handled a few times a day, and medics are on hand to intervene if her weight continues to drop.

Despite her challenges, little Elli braves the odds every day and is now miraculously breathing without the help of a ventilator.

Caitlyn added: “It’s a long journey, but it’s defied all odds so far.

“At first she needed a ventilator to breathe but now she is doing it on her own and she has transitioned to getting treatment to keep her lungs open to make it easier for her.

“She’s so tiny it’s really hard to hold her as something could break, so she’s only touched every six hours.

“My husband and I have only held her once and she weighs little more than a can of Coke. It is the size of an average hand.

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“Elli weighed 810 grams when she was born and now she only weighs 678 grams.

“I knew she would lose a little bit, but not that much, so it’s scary — there’s nothing of her. Tiny baby clothes could wrap them ten times.”

Friends of Jordan and Caitlyn, meanwhile, have set up a fundraiser to help the family with the costs as they take the next steps Elli’s journey.

The mother-of-three says the ordeal is taking a toll on the Irvine family, who have to travel to and from the hospital multiple times a day.

She explained: “We have two little boys, so we can’t spend the whole day with Elli in the hospital, which is very hard.

“It was awful for her big brothers as I can see my sons are struggling and don’t know where she is especially my eldest he just doesn’t get it.

“Nothing is guaranteed, so we want to be with her as much as possible.”

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