A BABY born at 25 weeks and weighing just one pound 10oz has astonished medical staff with her progress.
Jessie Morgan, who was born on September 12, stunned doctors after overcoming three major operations within seven days and 14 blood transfusions.
Mum Paula Kenny, 41, from Crosby, said: “We were very scared but she is a little fighter who has known what she wants from the moment she was born.
“The doctors told us how poorly she was when she was born, as though they were preparing us for the worst, but we knew she was a fighter from the very beginning.”
After her birth by emergency section at Liverpool Women’s Hospital Jessie was rushed to the special care baby unit.
She grew stronger and stronger every day but things took a turn for the worse on October 13.
Paula said: “Jessie was about to be moved on to the high dependency unit because she was doing so well. “I noticed that she looked like she was in a lot of pain and discomfort.”
After staff sent Jessie for an X-ray it emerged she had necrotising enterocolitis – inflammation of the bowel – which is common in premature babies.
In the early hours of October 14 Paula and partner Phil Morgan were woken from their rest at the hospital because Jessie’s condition had deteriorated.
Paula said: “To be honest I don’t really remember it – it all happened so fast.
“Jessie went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated.
“It was quite traumatic, I think you just go into shock, you just shut down.”
Jessie was rushed to Alder Hey hospital for emergency surgery.
During the three hour long operation the surgeon accidentally nicked Jessie’s liver causing her to lose over half her blood.
Jessie soldiered on through two more operations – one to remove the packing that had stopped the bleed on her liver and the other to insert a line to her heart to provide vital nutrients straight to her bloodstream.
Paula said: “I would talk to her and tell her all about the things she has been through and how brave she was.”
Jessie was finally allowed home for Christmas on her due date – December 22.
Now five months old she has to go back for an operation on March 4.
Paula said: “Jessie is still on oxygen but all her scans are clear, she is feeding from a bottle and she is very happy and alert.
“She is a miracle, but it is all thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Liverpool Women’s and Alder Hey that we owe her life. We want to say a huge thank you to them all.”