PENARTH MUM’S BABY TILLY SURVIVES BEING BORN 16 WEEKS TOO SOON

Little ....... with her mother Katie Davenport of Penarth a year on after a traumatic decision

Little Tilly Sue with her mother Katie Davenport of Penarth  – a year on after her traumatic decision

A Penarth mum  Katie Davenport and her husband Rhys have been talking publicly for the first time  about the enormously difficult decision they had to make when serious problems arose during her pregnancy with twins.

Just 20  weeks into the pregnancy, doctors carrying out a routine scan discovered that one of twins was suffering from a number of severe abnormalities which would endanger the lives of both the unborn babies.

Tilly Sue is about to celebrate her first birthday soon

Tilly Sue is about to celebrate her first birthday soon

After careful consideration, they decided to accept the advice of their consultant –  which was to abort the abnormal foetus so that the  other healthy twin would have a slim chance of survival.

Although medical staff worked to try to prevent Mrs Davenport giving birth too early, she went into labour at 24 weeks  – the absolute earliest it’s possible for a premature baby to survive.The tiny baby – whom they’ve named Tilly-Sue – was born 16 weeks early at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff  weighing just 1 lb 9 oz.  She was put immediately into an incubator with staff monitoring her and it was two days before Katie and her husband were able to see her.

Emotion wells up as Katie Davenport recalls the pressure of the decision she had to make and Tilly's battle to survive

Emotion wells up as Katie Davenport recalls the pressure of the decision she had to make and Tilly’s battle to survive

There were several set-backs. Tilly-Sue’s weight dropped to 1lb 3oz,  a ventilator had to be used to help her breathe and she picked up a chest and blood infection. At one point a lung collapsed. – And during it all Mr and Mrs Davenport were working and  coping with their other four children.

But on Christmas Day last year (2015)  Tilly-Sue was well enough to be cuddled by her mother for the first time  . Mrs Davenport has told WalesonLine “I just sat there for hours and hours with Tilly on my chest, never wanting to put her down again. It felt like we’d finally turned a corner.”

Gradually the tiny baby grew stronger, began taking milk normally, was able to go home to her family and is now a happy and healthy baby girl with a first birthday coming up soon  .

This Christmas really is going to be something very special for the Davenports and little Tilly

This Christmas really is going to be something very special for the Davenports and little Tilly

Mr and Mrs Davenport say “She’s definitely our little miracle .” and have paid tribute to all the hospital staff who helped her hang on to life.

They’re now backing the Children’s hospital charity Noah’s Ark which has launched a “Tiny Lives Appeal” aiming to raise £1,000,000  for a new neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales.

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3 Responses to PENARTH MUM’S BABY TILLY SURVIVES BEING BORN 16 WEEKS TOO SOON

  1. 249ers says:

    A wonderful heart warming story.

  2. Mgg says:

    There but for the grace of God

  3. Lindsay says:

    A lovely item of news. A shame it’s attracted only 2 comments when, for example, a few wonky lights attracted 17.

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