Tuesday 17 October 2017

Medics save baby born with no blood

OLIVER Morgan, who was born with practically no blood, was rescued following a lifesaving transfusion.

Medics managed to save him after a rare condition drained his body of virtually every drop while in the womb.

Initially doctors feared the baby had been born stillborn as they were unable to find a heartbeat for 25 minutes.

But after being given oxygen, gentle heart massage and a lifesaving blood transfusion he survived. He is now a healthy 15-month-old toddler to his mother Katy and father Jeff.

Publishing executive Katy, 36, told The Sun yesterday: "Oliver's birth was so traumatic that I haven't been able to bring myself to tell his story till now.

"He was born dead with no blood in his body - but now he's sitting here smiling at me.

"The doctors literally brought him back to life and I will never be able to thank them enough for this wonderful gift."

Oliver almost bled to death after a rare condition called Vasa Previa formed an extra vein in his mother’s womb. When the vein burst 37½ weeks into the pregnancy Katy was rushed to hospital where doctors realised her baby had been drained of blood.

Oliver was born by emergency Caesarian weighing 6lb 1oz at 5.12am. After attempts to resuscitate him he was given a blood transfusion pumped into the still-attached umbilical cord. At 5.37am the first heartbeat was detected and as he was given more blood he grew stronger.

Katy - who was anaesthetised and unaware of the drama - added: "Doctors said it was one of the most amazing recoveries they'd ever seen.

"Oliver had no blood, no heartbeat and looked stillborn - but somehow they got him back.”

Oliver was taken to a special care baby unit where doctors decided to lower his body temperature to 33C to save him from potential permanent injury by forcing blood to flow away from his skin and towards his brain and heart.

After three days, consultants began raising his temperature to the normal 37°C by half a degree a day.

And after just 11 days Oliver was well enough to be taken home to start family life with his mother, Jeff, 42, and seven-year-old brother Jack.

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