Austin Douglas was born at just 22 weeks weighing 1lb 4oz. No one expected the baby to arrive so soon. His skin was so thin that it was easy to see all his body organs. The baby couldn’t breathe on his own, and the holes in his ears hadn’t been formed yet.
It was sheer luck he was born alive! And it was twice luck that his mother, Helen, got pregnant with him. “I was told years ago that I would probably have an early menopause and children were off the agenda, so Austin has been a little miracle from the very beginning.”
There was a risk the baby would be dead right after birth, she didn’t know what to expect, but the only thing she was sure about was that she wanted this baby so much.
“I told doctors that if he came out breathing, I wanted them to do everything they could and they did. He was translucent and we could see his organs through his skin. His ears hadn’t fully developed and neither had his lungs,” Helen said.
Despite all that little Austin was struggling for his life. “We have to take each day at a time but I’ve never prayed so much in my life since he came into the world,” his mother said.
For his relatively short life, the baby has already been in several hospitals, and now he is at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Austing is getting better, and his parents hope to take him home on his actual due date, July 28.
“He is a miracle twice over. When I found out I was pregnant, I was ecstatic. I love him so much and I’m so grateful for all the care he’s had,” Helen said.
Let’s wish them lots of health and luck!