By Dan Coles
A miracle premature baby born so small she fitted inside her father’s palms and was tinier than her toy rabbit has celebrated her first birthday.
Amelia Osbourne, now one, was born on February 27 last year at just 26 weeks’ gestation and weighing a tiny 1lbs 9oz – less than a bag of sugar – after mum Louise Edkins went into hospital for a routine check-up when she couldn’t feel the baby move.
The poorly tot’s heart stopped shortly after birth and she also battled sepsis, a hole in her heart and shadows on her brain – needing three blood transfusions – and her organs could be seen through her skin.
But after 94 days in hospital, the three months premature youngster was finally allowed home to Tamworth, Staffs, with proud first-time parents Louise, 31, a nurse, and Dan Osbourne, 33, a business accountant.
Now one year on, Amelia is now happy and healthy and hitting all her milestones and has just celebrated the first birthday her mum and dad thought she might never see.
Louise said: “I got to the hospital at 5pm, and two hours later Amelia had been born.
“We felt utter shock, we didn’t even know a baby could be born that early and survive.
“Her heart stopped when she was born because of the shock, she received CPR and the next 48 hours we were told would be crucial.
“She had to be transferred to a separate hospital and I hated it, It was awful not being able to be with her.
“My instinct was to discharge myself and run to the other hospital to be with her, as that time was so precious and a mother’s instinct is to be with their baby, but luckily Dan stayed with her until I could make it.
“She was tiny, we could make out her organs through her translucent skin and she had a very large hole in her heart. There were wires and tubes everywhere.
“A toy rabbit from when she was born is a good comparison for how small she was – she was even smaller than it.
“When she caught sepsis whilst in Hospital, we were told by the doctors to expect the worst and we thought we were going to lose her.
“We couldn’t even think into next week, we just needed her to make it.
“But we were finally discharged in June and we’ve just celebrated her first birthday.
“She’s a very special little girl.”
Amelia had not felt her baby move for a full day when she went for a check-up at the George Elliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Warcs, on February 27 last year.
But on arrival she was told she had suffered a placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus before childbirth, and needed to have an emergency Caesarean section immediately.
Dan, who was working in London at the time, rushed to be by his partner’s side in time for the birth but arrived two hours after Amelia was born due to being trapped in snow on the motorway.
After being stabilised, Amelia was moved to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in Coventry the next day where she was monitored closely by doctors in critical care.
After making it through sepsis, a hole in her heart, shadows on her brain and needing three blood transfusions, the miracle baby was discharged on June 4 last year.
Since then, Amelia has become a healthy, and happy little girl, with no long-term health problems and has just celebrated her very first birthday.
Louise and Dan have now decided to complete a joint skydive to raise money for the nurses at both Nuneaton’s George Elliott Hospital and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire who saved their daughter’s life.
The daredevil stunt will take place on June 2, 2019 – celebrating a year since Amelia came home.
Dan said: “Taking her home was one the best days of our lives, we could finally start being a family.
“We couldn’t ask for any more than having our daughter home, and we have the hospital and its staff to thank for that.”
Louise added: “When Amelia came home all of the things you’re supposed to be doing when just having a baby became available to us, she really has been through it, but she’s beat it all.
“We’ve just celebrated her first birthday, something we didn’t think we would be able to do, but we are positive people and always hoped for the best.
“We want to do something for the care we received, they saved our daughters life and provided us with so much help, we really owe them everything.”
To donate to the family’s cause go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LouanddanOsborne