It is of high importance for all expectant mothers to put their trust on doctors, in order to prevent stress and anxiety during and after their pregnancy.
Doctors literally save lives, but their importance goes far beyond that. They also make a difference by helping patients minimize their risks, soothe the unpleasant symptoms, recover from a disease faster or learn to live with a disabling injury.
Yet, their responsibilities are always huge, and they oftentimes need to be creative and find a quick solution to a problem.
The 37-year-old Sharon Grant gave birth to Pixie Griffiths-Grant three months prematurely, and the baby weighed 1.1 pounds. She was just 28-weeks old and decided to arrive earlier than expected via C-section at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, England.
The mother explained:
“My placenta and umbilical cord weren’t feeding her properly. I was in and out of hospital for eight weeks being scanned constantly to see if she had grown, but she put on about 20g in those eight weeks.
It was so scary having to get her checked all the time and I had all the doctors telling me all this bad news. It was awful. They wanted to get her to a certain weight before they delivered her, but she wasn’t growing to that size.”
Grant was terrified and believed that her daughter won’t be able to survive. The baby was delivered three months premature by Caesarean section.
Yet, the hospital didn’t have the needed equipment to provide proper care to the baby since it was born three months premature, so even doctors thought that it would not survive more than an hour.
However, what they did was the following: in order to regulate the temperature of the baby, they placed her inside a sandwich bag from Tesco, a British grocery chain.
“As soon as she was born, they gave her a little hat and put her straight into the bag to keep her body temperature up. After that, they wrapped her in bubble wrap and got her straight to intensive care.
It was so random that they had her in the Tesco bag. It must have just been what the operating theater had at the time.”
However, this method is not as random as it seems, apparently, as a 2013 New York Times article explained that premature babies can be swaddled in sterile plastic wrap.
According to researchers “the technique can be duplicated cheaply and effectively… using simple plastic bags.”
The skin of premature babies is too thin, so water quickly evaporates through it, leading to rapid, life-threatening heat loss that causes hypothermia. Therefore, the decision of these doctors actually saved Pixie’s life.
Her mother couldn’t hold her for 18 days, but after two months, the baby started gaining weight, and by her third month, she was 7.5 pounds and could leave the hospital.
Her mother admits:
“It was amazing that she survived, but it was truly traumatic.”
Years afterward, in October last year, PlymouthLive caught up with Sharon Grant and Pixie. The girl has slowly grown into a strong person and even started attending school.
Grant described her as “chatty” and “so happy and confident. [Pixie has] proved so many doctors wrong, they see her now and they can’t believe it.”
And we are all proud of and happy for her! Enjoy this amazing world, girl!