Born more than three months premature, Molly has been described by medical professionals as a miracle.By Monique Freer
At four months old, Molly Sanson-Stokes still weighs less than 3
With white porcelain skin and petite, delicate features, she looks like a doll.
In fact, many have mistaken her for one. People in the street, the pharmacy, the hardware store, are all taken aback when they see Molly’s expressive face look back at them.
But she is not a doll to her doctors. To the medical world, Molly is a miracle.
Anita Sanson was 23 weeks and two days pregnant with her second child when her waters broke in June. Her four-year-old son Thomas was asleep in the next room, and her partner Mal was working in Queensland.
Taken by ambulance to Wangaratta Hospital, Ms Sanson sat in hospital for five days waiting to make the magic 24-week mark, when babies are deemed to be viable.
‘‘In Wangaratta they do give you an option of whether you want to bring the labour on when it’s that early, which means losing the baby,’’ Ms Sanson said.
‘‘From the day my waters broke, my sister and I both thought we were having a funeral.’’
While Ms Sanson had carried Thomas to full term, the situation she now found herself in was somewhat familiar, as her sister had lost two babies at 21 weeks, and her mother had also lost a baby at 21 weeks.
When 24 weeks pregnant, Ms Sanson was transferred to the Royal Women’s Hospital, where she waited for 12 days before labour began.
‘‘I actually went into labour and I didn’t really know because she was so small, and I had a cord prolapse. They say after a cord prolapse most babies don’t survive,’’ Ms Sanson said.
But weighing just 612
‘‘She was ventilated for one day and then she breathed on her own, which they said was unheard of,’’ Ms Sanson said.
‘‘They were always really quite amazed with Molly; the doctors would come in and they’d say ‘Molly is just a miracle’.
‘‘She never had a backwards step. They say with premmies it’s one step forward and two steps back but she didn’t have any backwards steps. She didn’t get sick, she just needed to grow.’’
It took about three months for Molly to do that growing, the last of which was spent at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton.
However, while she continued to gain strength throughout this time, it was not without its challenges.
‘‘It was like I’d had this baby but nothing was real, it was really quite odd because you’re looking at this little baby in a box and they’re all really red and they look like they shouldn’t be out, and you’re thinking whether there was something you could have done or something you did do to make the waters break — and you’re doubting yourself on everything,’’ Ms Sanson said.
‘‘I got really upset when we actually left the hospital because I felt like I’d abandoned my baby.’’
Last month Molly was finally allowed home, and the Sanson-Stokes family returned to normality.
Molly’s health is stable, and her long-term prognosis is excellent.
‘‘We feel blessed, just extremely blessed,’’ Ms Sanson said.
‘‘She’s perfect, which is just really lucky.’’
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