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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.
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.
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.
Doctors did this to make sure baby doesn't start losing weight again.
Now she have 7.5 lb weight but she is smaller than all other kids of her age.
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."
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.