Healthy baby boy born 'after mother endured 20 day labour'
A mother, Amy Buck, gave birth to a healthy baby boy despite enduring 20 days of labour.
The 17 year-old gave birth to Daniel almost five months prematurely after suffering stomach pains and contractions for almost three weeks.
Her son, who was given only a 15pc chance of survival by doctors, weighed just 1lb 3oz (600g).
Daniel then spent five months in intensive care where he was treated for chronic lung disease and had laser eye treatment.
The toddler, who this week celebrated his first birthday, is now a healthy 17lbs.
Amy, from Morecambe, Lancs, told how the contractions started five months early, leaving her fearing she was going to have a miscarriage.
Amy's incredible labour began when she was admitted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary on May 4 last year with stomach pains.
Daniel was born later on May 24 last year.
He was transferred to Manchester Children's Hospital for four weeks then treated in Preston for another six before going to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool for laser eye surgery. He was allowed home last October.
''Thinking back now I don't know how it was possible for me to be in labour for the best part of 20 days and Daniel to survive despite being born so small," she said.
''Looking at him now, I realise he he's little miracle and a little fighter. So many times I thought I was going to lose him. He's supposed to be eight half months old now and he shouldn't even be doing what he's doing.
"He's a happy little baby. He said Mummy for the first time on mother's day. I was so excited. He's a big mummy's boy. I had already thought I might be miscarrying and by 15 weeks I had already had four scans."
Amy, who lives with the her son's father Martin Barwell, a 20-year-old car dealer, added: "Then at 19 weeks and five days I went into labour. Until then there had been no other complications, I just felt a bit uncomfortable. But I thought it was natural. The nurses sent me home saying it was just my womb but I knew there was something wrong.
''I just thought the staff would know when somebody was in labour. I was getting a lot of hot flushes, was very very tired and short of breath. I had cramps and contractions all the time and they got worse and worse.
"The pain was bearable at first but it was happening all the time. and I just stayed in bed. Some time I'd got out, thinking it wasn't so bad. I'd walk to the end of the road and the pain and leaking would get so bad I'd turn back around."
She said there was "constant churning", which she said felt like butterflies in her stomach.
"It got progressively worse. When the doctors sent me home, after that it began to get unbearable. Mum said just take some painkillers," she said.
''But after 15 days I went into hospital again and they said you're in full labour. Because I'd been open for 15 days I had contracted an infection. It was risky for me as well.
''They tried to stop the labour because my body wasn't strong enough and he was so early. I started timing my pains even thought I thought there was no way I was in labour already. But the nurses told me I had been."
She added: "They told me I had begun labour 15 days before because of an infection. They said that to have such a bad infection you must have been in labour all this time.
''Then they said they were going to have to break my waters because my infection was putting Daniel at risk. Then my waters broke on their own as soon as my bum touched the bed. They said, 'You're going to give birth today. ''
''When Daniel was born he kicked and moved and even took three breaths before being rescusitated. I thought he wasn't going to survive but later he started getting better.
She said he was not that much different from other children, where he was only slightly smaller.
"He's doing remarkably well. I started feeding him when he was four months old and he's been such a big eater since. Loves his food. Also crawls around a lot. He would drink way more milk than a normal baby," she said.
"For his birthday we had a tea party at his nana and grandfather's. He ate cakes and ham and sausage rolls. It was such a good day. We're planning a holiday to Center parks soon. It's amazing to think that just after a year we'd be able to take him someplace like that."
Patrick O'Brien, an obstetrician at London's University College Hospital, said: "What probably happened is that her waters partially broke very early in the pregnancy and an infection got into the womb. This caused her considerable pain and would have made her cervix dilate – just as if she was in labour.
"At some point the infection would have triggered her to go into actual labour, although as she was already experiencing many of the symptoms it would be unclear when this was.'
"The average labour is about 12 hours long for someone having their first baby, and the longest I've heard of was 48 hours."
A spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists added: "Some women's waters can break before their time and infections can cause this to happen, and also cause the cervix to open a bit and stay that way. These would appear to be symptoms of labour."