Baby Robyn, the tiniest baby to be born in Wales, is finally set to leave the hospital after spending seven months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Born at a mere 11 ounces at just 23 weeks, Robyn’s journey has been nothing short of miraculous.
Her parents, Chantelle, 33, and Daniel, 37, described their daughter as a “tiny warrior.”
The moment Robyn was born, she was immediately placed in an incubator and delicately intubated. To ensure her fragile body stayed warm and protected, she was even nestled in a tiny sandwich bag, to keep her vital organs warm while she grew.
While Robyn’s parents were cautious about taking her out of the incubator to prevent potential infections, they found solace in the small gestures of connection.
“We tried to limit our times of her coming out of the incubator. But every day we would put our hands in and let her know we were there, talked to her and she would grab your finger. It was lovely,” explained her dad.
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“She knew we were there. Talking to her and being with her. She knows that she’s loved and that keeps her going.”
These tender moments, though brief, filled their hearts with overwhelming love and hope.
“Her hands were so, so small at the time. They were not even the size of the tips of our fingers, so she could just about put her hand over them. It was amazing, it was just so special”.
Robyn’s journey in the NICU was marked by immense challenges. She faced a life-threatening case of sepsis. Against all odds, she fought for her life, enduring 16 blood transfusions and growing stronger over time.
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“Just her surviving that gestation for a start, her having such a low birth weight, then to find out all along she had this brain damage and she got through it all with that, it’s a miracle really,” her dad reflected.
After an astounding 229 days of round-the-clock care, Robyn is finally ready to head home with her family. For her parents, this day will be both a celebration and an emotional farewell. The hospital staff, who have become like a second family, supported Robyn’s journey, standing by her side with unwavering dedication.
“She’s still fighting through now and that’s why we’re keen to fight as much as we can,” said Daniel.
“We definitely owe it to her because she’s the one that’s done the fighting all the way through, so we’ve got to fight for her now.”
His sentiment resonates beyond their personal journey, offering hope and inspiration to parents of premature babies everywhere.
While Robyn received top-notch care to save her life, babies her same age were being legally aborted simply because they were still in their mothers’ wombs. Successful treatment of premature babies proves that when society is committed to LIFE, we can find creative solutions to difficult circumstances.