Doctors insulate premature baby using sandwich bag
Published 28/09/2010 | 08:50
A severely premature baby survived after doctors used a sandwich bag to keep her warm.
Lexi Lacey was born 14 weeks early weighing just 14 ounces and her parents were told she had a ten per cent chance of survival.
Medics had to use the smallest insulating jacket they could find - a 15cm plastic sandwich bag from the kitchens at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Lexi is now 11-week-olds old and weighs 5lbs 6oz.
Her mother Chelsea Rowberry, 17, said: ''The doctors told us they had never known a baby born as prematurely as Lexi survive.
''She was so tiny the only thing they had to keep her body temperature warm was a sandwich bag from the hospital canteen - it's incredible to think that saved her life.
''People look quite shocked when I tell them she's okay, a lot of people didn't like to speak to me at first.
''But when they see her now people don't believe me when I tell them how premature she was.''
Miss Rowberry and her partner Lee Lacey, 24, feared she was having a miscarriage when she suffered agonising stomach pains when she was 26 weeks pregnant on the evening of June 26.
She rang the maternity suite at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester but was told it was nothing to worry about and to go back to sleep.
Later her mother Gillian called an ambulance and she was rushed to the hospital.
Miss Rowberry said: ''It was frightening. I rang the maternity suite and they just told me to go to sleep.
''Then a few hours later I had really bad cramps and mum rang an ambulance.''
Gillian Rowberry, 48, added: ''I think I panicked but I knew in my heart she was in labour.
''My biggest priority was just to make sure they were both okay.''
Worcestershire Royal Hospital only has the facilities to care for premature babies born from 28 weeks onwards and doctors wanted to transfer her to a specialist unit at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital but there wasn't time.
Lexi was kept in the baby unit at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital for three days before being transferred to Shrewsbury Royal Hospital before spending 11 weeks recovering at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Lexi was finally allowed home on September 3.