Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Amid the rubble and destruction of the deadly typhoon that may have killed as many as 10,000 people in the Philippines, an astounding story of survival has emerged–a baby was born in a makeshift hospital that was set up in the badly damaged Tacloban airport. More from PEOPLE.com:
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On Nov. 11, Emily Ortega, 21, gave birth to daughter Bea Joy in a makeshift hospital set up in what remains of the Tacloban airport.
“She is my miracle,” she told the Agence France-Presse. “I had thought I would die with her still inside me when high waves came and took us all away.”
Ortega named her new baby after her mother, Beatriz Sagales, who was swept away in the storm surge of Super Typhoon Haiyan which ravaged central Philippines last week.
With her husband, Jobert, by her side, Ortega went into labor at 5 a.m. Monday morning near the coastal town of San Jose and had to walk towards Tacloban before a truck driver picked up the expectant mom.
While the family rejoices in the birth of their child, the moment remains bittersweet.
“We are supposed to be celebrating today, but we are also mourning our dead,” Jobert said.
Monday, April 16th, 2012
Luz Milagros Bouter, the premature baby who was spent 10 hours in an Argentinian morgue last week before being discovered to be alive, is making slight improvements despite ongoing medical concerns, Argentinian media sources are reporting. MedicalXpress.com reports on what the Argentinian news agency Telam says are some encouraging signs, including the fact that Luz was receiving some of her mother’s milk through a tube every 6 hours:
Bouter told Telam news agency that she was able to hold her daughter in her arms for the very first time on Friday.
“That’s very important for the recovery,” she said, adding that the baby was showing “slight improvement” in her breathing after suffering a cardiac arrest earlier this week and showing signs of pulmonary and gastrointestinal bleeding.
From now on, the mother will be able to hold her baby, who weighed only 800 grams (1.76 pounds) at birth, for a few minutes each day while nurses sanitize the incubator where Luz Milagros remains in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Luz is severely premature, having born at only 26 weeks gestational age.
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Friday, April 13th, 2012
The story of a baby in Argentina who was discovered to be alive after being taken to the hospital morgue and given up for dead has the world holding its breath as the girl, born at only 26 weeks gestational age, struggles with health complications typical of babies who are born severely premature.
USA Today reports:
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Tiny Luz Milagros, or “Miracle Light,” is suffering from sepsis and convulsions along with signs of neurological damage, said Dr. Diana Vesco, neonatology chief at the Perrando hospital in Resistencia in northern Chaco province. She said the baby is on a ventilator and being treated with antibiotics.
Her mother, Analia Bouter, said she got a supportive call from President Cristina Fernandez on Wednesday asking to see the baby once she’s out of intensive care.
That could be a while.
Luz Milagros faces a “risk of death commonly associated with her weight and gestational age at birth,” said Vesco.
The case became public Tuesday when Chaco’s deputy health minister, Rafael Sabatinelli, announced that five medical professionals had been suspended pending an official investigation of what happened.
Thursday, April 5th, 2012
Six-month-old British baby Olivia Norton is being called “a medical miracle” for surviving after being born with virtually no blood. Parentdish.co.uk reports:
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The six-month-old little girl was born completely white because she had such a low count of haemoglobin – the chemical which carries oxygen in red blood cells – that it could not officially be classed as ‘blood’.
She was given less than two hours to live but survived thanks to emergency transfusions which transformed her into a glowing healthy pink colour.
Olivia’s mum Louise Bearman, 31, a barrister’s clerk, told of her shock at giving birth to a ‘ghost white’ baby whose condition was so rare she will now feature in medical text books.