Welcome to the world, Hallie. Goodness, but you’re a tiny little thing:
A baby born weighing just 1lb 1oz (500g) is defying the odds, her mother has said.
Baby Hallie was born to Robyn Bryant and James Dury at 28 weeks after they were told to prepare for the worst.
During the pregnancy, Hallie’s legs and arms measured shorter than usual, leaving doctors concerned that she had a genetic issue.
She was delivered via emergency caesarean on Tuesday at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
This is the part that perplexes me:
Further tests showed that she had a number of complications, including a fused kidney, and Robyn, 23, and James, 27, were told Hallie could die in the womb at any time from 20 weeks.
Nobody ever wants a stillbirth. Said Robyn:
“I don’t think anyone expected her to be breathing when she came out but she proved them all wrong, and was screaming. I wasn’t prepared for her to be crying so I was blown away.”
Before my daughter was born, we were told to expect the worst: all the machines that go Ping! were in unhappy agreement. And when she emerged, she let loose a banshee wail that, if nothing else, indicated that she was having no trouble breathing.
The family expect to spend their first Christmas together in hospital, where doctors expect Hallie to stay until “at least January.”
Ms Bryant said: “We could have been so much worse off and she could actually not be here. We’re very grateful.”