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Tiny Premature Baby Survives Thanks to a Pair of Scissors Accidentally Left on Scale
December 20, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Tiny Premature Baby Survives Thanks to a Pair of Scissors Accidentally Left on Scale

Posted by Nicole Fabian-Weber 
on December 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

baby feetThe fact that Maddalena Douse was born at just 23 weeks, and is the youngest premature baby ever to survive in the UK, is a miracle in and of itself. But the reason she's alive makes the entire situation all the more miraculous. See, current guidelines in England don't suggest providing active care for babies born 22 weeks and 6 days or before. But when they put Maddalena on the scale, and realized that she weighed 1 pound -- the minimum weight for a baby to be considered "viable" -- they fought to keep her alive. Here's the thing, though -- Maddalena wasn't 1 pound. Apair of scissors had been accidentally left on the scale, making it seem like she weighed that much. And now, well, here she is.

Maddalena was discharged from Royal Sussex Hospital recently at the age of 6 months old, and she's expected to grow into a healthy child. Oh, and she's adorable. Sadly, though, she had a twin sister,Isabella, who died a few weeks after the girls were born. Maddalena's parents, Kate and Renato, are obviously thrilled with their daughter -- who is, in every sense of the term, a miracle baby.

I honestly have no idea what it would be like for a mother to give birth to a very premature baby -- and know that the hospital has a "cut-off", so to speak, in terms of how, or if, they're going to fight for a child's life. It's truly unimaginable. And heartbreaking. And no parent should ever have to go through something like that. I can't even begin to fathom what it was like for Kate and Renato as they waited to find out how much their sweet baby weighed -- because it would directly correlate to the care she would receive. In a word: Awful.

But let's try to focus on the good today -- I think we could all use some good right now. This little angel is meant to be on this Earth. Plain and simple. There's really no other way to explain the scissors being left on the scale, bumping up her weight. Who knows how they got there, or why they weren't taken off -- I like to think that some nurse was very kind and left them on there. It's nice to imagine there's someone like that in the world.

What do you think of this?


Image via andrewmalone/Flickr


  • tyrelsmom
    December 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    They have those limits because their equipment is only so small. I don't know if I'd even want them to try if I had one so early. Put the baby through all that suffering to have a 99% chance of either dying anyway within a few weeks, alone, because you can't touch them much, or growing up severely, severely handicapped? I hope I'd be strong enough to just let my baby go naturally.

    I'm glad it turned out well for this one, though.
  • bshoemaker
    December 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

     That is amazing. Unfortunately there is only so much they can do before 23 wks. I had issues at 12 wks and they were talking about keeping me till I gave birth but they wouldn't do anything for the baby unless it was atleast 22-24 wks and they could prove it was viable....

  • kmqw229
    by kmqw229
    December 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM
    So crazy!
  • Larsbug
    by Larsbug
    December 20, 2012 at 9:23 PM

     wow, horrible the hospital does that, but awesome the parts have a happy ending!

  • juniors_momma
    December 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    God was definetely watching over that family. <3

  • noahmommie2012
    December 21, 2012 at 12:08 AM
    my son was about 6 weeks early n has problems at 9 weeks left in my trimester
  • osumommy22
    December 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    So glad to hear it's a happy ending.  I've been very fortunate and have never been in a situation that I've ever even had to think about this....impossible to imagine as a parent.

  • FrumpyMama
    December 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    That is miraculous that she has survived.  

  • K_D88
    by K_D88
    December 21, 2012 at 12:17 AM

     So amazing.  That is so tiny.  That baby clearly had a purpose for being here!

  • meggera007
    December 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    That is truly amazing that the baby survived. I'm so glad for the parents that everything worked out with their daughter, it really is heart-warming to read a story like this. :)


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