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Woman who refused abortion gives birth to baby weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, child survives

By Mason White 10:57 AM August 15, 2013
Esme Poulsom after birth 

By: Debbi Gross
Little Esme Poulsom is a miracle baby, who survived and is doing good, despite the fact that doctors gave her a 1 percent chance of survival.

The baby was born weighing 1 pound and 6 ounces. She was so small she fit into her mother’s palm.

Kirsty Barrett, 24, of United Kingdom, went into labor at just 19 weeks into her pregnancy and her water broke four days later.

Staff members at the Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, Wales, told the mother that she either might miscarry or she will give birth within 48 hours, but that did not happen.

After her water broke, doctors advised Kirsty and her partner, Gareth Poulsom, to choose an abortion as the baby had no chance of surviving without water and the baby will not develop normally.
The couple refused to have an abortion and Barrett was discharged from the hospital. She still had contractions and was on bed rest at home.

When Barrett got to 23 weeks into her pregnancy she was told by the hospital that they were not going to give her steroids because they felt she would miscarry. “It felt like they had given up,” Barrett said.
Many times, if a woman is in labor between 24 weeks and 34 weeks of pregnancy, the doctors will give steroid injections to help the baby’s lungs mature.

Barrett contacted the Royal Gwent Hospital, and they agreed to care for the woman and her unborn child. They gave her the steroid injection.
“Looking back, I cannot believe that two hospitals in the same area can have a different approach,” Barrett said.

“They did not think Esme would survive because she had been without water for five weeks. They thought she would be stillborn, but instead she cried right after she was born. They could not believe it,” she added.
Esme stopped breathing twice. Her parents had to resurrect her and the child was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff.

One of the baby’s lungs had collapsed. The parents were told to expect the worst, but their daughter with her fighting spirit pulled through and was allowed to return home.

The baby, who is now eight-months-old, is adorable and healthy. The couple is happy with their decision to keep their daughter rather than abort her. Baby Esme joined her two-year-old sister Ava Poulsom.