How A Sandwich Bag Saved Life Of A Premature Baby Will Give You Chills

How A Sandwich Bag Saved Life Of A Premature Baby Will Give You Chills
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You will be surprised to know that doctors placed a premature baby, Pixie in a sandwich bag before sending her to intensive care. They did this since the infant had stopped growing in the womb after only 20 weeks because her mother's placenta and umbilical cord weren't functioning properly. She was smaller than her mother's hand when she was born. After birth, the 1.1 pound baby's weight decreased to a pound and this left doctors in a dilemma whether the baby will survive or not. 


If you are thinking how a sandwich bag can save a child's life, then have a look at this.

Babies' thin skin means water evaporates through it quickly, so putting them in plastic bags before wrapping them in blankets can keep them warmer than a blanket alone.

Let's see how doctors saved the life of Pixie in an amazing manner.

Meet Pixie, daughter of Sharon Grant, born in Derriford Hospital, England.

Meet Pixie, daughter of Sharon Grant, born in Derriford Hospital, England.

She was delivered by emergency cesarean section at only 28 weeks. This baby stopped growing in her mother's womb just after 20 weeks because her mother's placenta and umbilical cord weren't functioning properly.

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To keep her temperature steady, Doctors placed her in a sandwich bag from Tesco, a supermarket chain headquartered in England.

To keep her temperature steady, Doctors  placed her in a sandwich bag from Tesco, a supermarket chain headquartered in England.
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Just after her birth, she lost weight and doctors were worried whether she will survive or not. So they used this tactic to maintain her body temperature.

However Grant wasn't even able to hold her daughter for a full 18 days after the birth.

However Grant wasn't even able to hold her daughter for a full 18 days after the birth.
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Doctors did this to make sure baby doesn't start losing weight again.

Now five-months-old, baby Pixie has beaten the odds and has grown larger and stronger.

Now five-months-old, baby Pixie has beaten the odds and has grown larger and stronger.
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Now she have 7.5 lb weight but she is smaller than all other kids of her age.

Grant is happy by her daughter's progress and she is confident that Pixie will grow stronger soon.

Grant is happy by her daughter's progress and she is confident that Pixie will grow stronger soon.
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She said, "It was amazing that she survived. She really did live hour by hour for three weeks, We have been in and out of hospital a lot since she got home, and she can't be around other children or ill people because if she gets a cold she will end up on oxygen again. But at the moment she is doing really well. She looks really nice and healthy."

We wish Pixie all the best for her life ahead!

We wish Pixie all the best for her life ahead!
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Róisin McKeon-Carter, Clinical Director of Neonatal Service at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust said 

Wrapping extremely small newborn babies in plastic protects them from hypothermia immediately following birth. The neonatal department uses a clean, appropriately small plastic bag, which does not need to be sterile. The plastic bag, hat and towels used for newborn resuscitation are all aseptically clean, not sterile.