|Miracle baby survives thanks to hospital staff|
|Friday, 02 September 2011 09:28|
At just 27 weeks and 12 inches in height, little Angel Missick is one of the youngest and smallest arrivals on record in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
On Aug. 29 the tiny bundle of joy became the most premature baby to be born at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. Angel was delivered by emergency department staff after her mother, Collene, was admitted on Monday morning with stomach pains.
“A 27-week-old baby is very young but she was delivered naturally and both mum and Angel were in good health,” explained InterHealth Canada pediatrician Dr. Lorena Soler.
“Angel was immediately put on a ventilator and placed under observation in an incubator in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). But fortunately she was very active and all the signs were very encouraging.
“Angel is a beautiful little girl and despite weighing just 810 grams (1lb 8oz) she has a high chance of living a perfectly normal and healthy life, thanks to both the expertise of Inter- Health Canada staff and the fantastic medical facilities here in the TCI.”
After spending her first few hours in the Cheshire Hall Medial Center NICU, Angel was flown with mum to Nassau for further treatment.
“Angel will now undergo an extensive period of care in the Bahamas”, added Soler, “after which she will be allowed to return with Collene to Cheshire Hall.
Once back at Cheshire Hall, Collene will be taught the revolutionary Kangeroo Care procedure that was introduced to the TCI by InterHealth Canada earlier this year. Soler explained, “Kangaroo Care is a way of teaching parents to bond with their babies through touching skin to skin.”
Meanwhile Soler paid tribute to InterHealth’s emergency staff for their ‘brilliant work’.
She said, “I am so proud of our emergency team, who worked so hard during Angel’s first few minutes of life.”
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2011 09:35|
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