Meet the newborn who was so small when he arrived 17 weeks early that his teddy bear was greater than him.
Little Chay Jefferys weighed simply 1lbs when he was born at 23 weeks on June 2 final yr and spent 9 months combating for his life and battling power lung illness.
His mum, Megan Mcgee, 19, positioned a teddy bear beside Chay to consolation him while he was in an incubator within the neonatal intensive care unit at Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge, London. The smooth toy was considerably greater than little Chay and fully dwarfed him.
Both Megan and Chay’s dad, Bradley Jefferys, 22, an electrician, twice defied docs’ recommendation to show off their son’s life assist.
Thankfully, after 280 days in hospital, Chay battled to full well being and was allowed to go dwelling.
Now 9 months and weighing 13lbs, Chay nonetheless has the bear which is affectionately named ‘Bluey’ and the teddy has turn into a agency favorite.
Megan, a full time mum, says: ‘When Chay was born we put somewhat blue teddy bear in his incubator to consolation him whereas he was in hospital.
‘The teddy was fairly tiny, however Chay was so small, it swamped him. It made us realise simply how diddy and fragile he was.
”It was so scary, Chay was so tiny, he match within the palm of my hand.
‘I just thank my lucky stars he wasn’t born only a few days earlier as he wouldn’t have made the minimize off level as infants born at 23 weeks are normally deemed too untimely for docs to deal with.
‘We were told he would never walk, talk, smile but he is now nine months old thriving, feeding, and smiling.’
She continued: ‘We’ve had a tough time. He was in hospital for practically an entire yr however now he’s dwelling.
‘It’s been so good giving him baths and having household over for cuddles.
‘He’s come such a good distance and is now in proportion along with his little bear. It’s turn into one in all his favorite toys – he loves snuggling up with it.
‘We’re so pleased with him for coming this far.’
Megan’s being pregnant went easily so it was a shock when she realised Chay can be untimely.
‘I had a normal pregnancy apart from a tooth infection, I never expected to give birth prematurely,’ she explains.
‘I was in such agony and being given all sorts of antibiotics – I can’t consider one more reason that he would have been born so early.
‘The docs agree with me that it was in all probability the antibiotics that triggered my early labour.
Megan was enjoyable at her mum’s home when she immediately began to enter labour at simply 23 weeks.
After speeding to hospital, she gave beginning inside hours.
Chay – who was born in his amniotic sack – was resuscitated by medics and rushed to intensive care earlier than being transferred to University College London Hospital, Holborn.
‘When he was born, he didn’t cry as he wasn’t respiration,’ Megan recollects.
‘It was horrible not understanding what was happening however a extremely pretty nurse took somewhat video of them engaged on him, so I had an thought of what was occurring.
‘I got a quick glimpse of him after he started breathing but he was rushed off so quickly.’
When Chay was simply three days previous, docs confirmed he had suffered grade 4 mind bleeds on each side of his mind together with injury to the white matter and cerebellum.
At three weeks his kidneys started to fail, and docs suggested the household flip his life-support machines off.
‘I said no right away, he had fought so hard I wasn’t going to surrender on him,’ Megan says.
‘They kept suggesting it, but he just kept getting bigger and better and so eventually they stopped asking.’
Megan is hopeful that he’ll attain all his milestones and be capable to dwell a traditional life.
‘I really do think that he’s going to be wonderful, I feel he’ll be identical to another child,’ she says.
‘He’s so superb and he’s come up to now already. He’s obtained lots of catching as much as do however I do know he’ll do it.
‘He still needs a bit of oxygen, but they think he’ll be off that in just a few months too, it’s great.
‘He’s having physio to assist him along with his mobility which is de facto serving to. I can’t wait to see him begin smiling extra and crawling about.
‘Being at dwelling has helped him masses already, he appears rather more alert and is de facto grabbing for his toys and reacting to issues.
‘He still loves cuddling up to Bluey, it’s so encouraging to see how a lot greater he’s now, reveals simply how far they’ve each come!
‘Chay is our little hero.’
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