A ‘miracle baby’ who was not expected to live for more than two weeks has finally gone home with her mother.
Millie Oxley was born with a hole in her throat due to a rare birth defect called esophageal atresia. The condition meant she was unable to successfully feed herself.
Her mother, Kirsty, said doctors were very concerned when her unborn daughter was not moving enough in the womb “so they got her out within 10 minutes” via c-section, HullLive reported.
Doctors waited for little Millie to grow for nine weeks before undergoing major surgery.
“After that operation, she had to be paralysed and sedated for two weeks, breathing through a breathing tube,” the 30-year-old mother said.
However, things got worse when Millie’s lung collapsed due to a leak at the surgical site of entry into her small body.
“Obviously Covid didn’t help at all with all the visiting restrictions, but it was just so hard,” Kirsty said.
“I would’ve been lost without them.
“We’d gone from lockdown, where I had spent all my time with my daughter, to only seeing her around five times in five months, which just made everything harder.”
After five months of treatment, Kirsty finally brought Millie home. “She is my miracle baby,” she expressed.
“I got told right at the beginning of her time in hospital that there had been some heavy bleeding, I rushed to the hospital and was told to prepare for the worst – that I would lose her.
“And at that point she was only two weeks old.”
She further said: “But after all that surgery, I was just dreaming about the day she would get discharged and I thought it would never come.
“Now that it’s actually happened and we’re home, it’s a bit surreal.”
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