Saturday 1 October 2016

'He just fought and fought'- Miracle baby Arlo born at 24 weeks celebrates with Super Hero-themed Christening

Published 30/03/2016 | 16:29

Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs
Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs

A miracle baby who astonished Irish doctors after being delivered at 24 weeks has celebrated his homecoming with a special Super Hero themed party hosted by his proud parents.

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Arlo O’Rorke was all smiles on Easter Sunday as his family and friends celebrated his inspiring progress after he arrived four months earlier than expected last August, weighing just 1lb5oz.

Arlo’s proud mum Laura Davis (27) revealed that doctors in the Coombe Maternity Hospital prepared her for the worst and admitted that Arlo’s chances of surviving after delivery were exceptionally slim.

“I began to bleed at 10 weeks and I thought I was miscarrying,” said Laura, who lives in Springfield with Arlo, her partner Aaron and daughter Baylee (2).

Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs
Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs
Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs
Baby Arlo pictured with his mom Laura, dad Aaron and sister Baylee (2)
Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs
Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs

“They discovered I had a subchorionic haematoma and I was in and out of hospital from 16 weeks. They told me my pregnancy probably wasn’t going to survive. My waters broke at 23 weeks and I was terrified,” said Laura.

Baby Arlo was delivered naturally on August 12 but doctors warned Laura that he had a difficult journey ahead of him.

“Before we had him doctors took myself and my partner Aaron into the family room and told us that the chance of Arlo surviving were very small and if he survived he would have a high chance of having a disability, being deaf or blind, or have cerebral palsy.

“I delivered him naturally on August 12 and he came out crying. The medical team took him away to treat him and we were left behind. It was the longest two and a half hours of my life.

Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs
Baby Arlo was born at just 24 weeks but now is 7 months and weighs 12lbs

“But Arlo just fought and fought,” she said.

The baby was baptised two weeks later in hospital, after he took a turn for the worst.

“At two weeks old Arlo took a turn and we were all asked to come into the hospital. The doctors belived it was an infection in his blood and they thought it would be a good time for our families to meet him. We had him baptised and it seemed after that he just began improving.

“After 121 days in the Coombe we got to take Arlo home, even though he was still on oxygen and it was one of the happiest days of our lives.

“His due date was actually December 2 and we took him home on December 12.

“It was stressful, but families adapt and we were so happy to have him home with us.”

Baby Arlo is now seven months old and was the centre of attention at a Super Hero party thrown in his honour on Sunday.

“He’s so full of smiles and chat. It was such a special day. Although he was already baptised, we had a ceremony in the local church and made a big deal of the day with a Superman cake and decorations. All the kids dressed up as their favourite super heroes. We were the proudest parents ever.

Baby Arlo pictured with his mom Laura, dad Aaron and sister Baylee (2)
Baby Arlo pictured with his mom Laura, dad Aaron and sister Baylee (2)

Laura believes that Arlo is a fighter and will continue to defy the odds once set out for him.

“Arlo actually failed his first hearing tests so they have said to me that there is a possibility that he might be deaf, however I feel he is responding right now as most babies are. We’ll have to re-test in August and see what options are available to us, whether that cochlear impants or whatever the next step will be. I just know he will continue to prove everybody wrong.

“We named him Arlo, which means military hill, because of the hill he’s hard to climb and I know he just won’t give up.”

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