A baby born 16 weeks early at just 2 pounds was initially fighting for her life, but nine months later little Peyton Keir is thriving.
The odds were certainly stacked against Peyton, but her parents — Becky and Steven Keir — are overjoyed by their baby’s resilience after she was born last July months earlier than expected, the Daily Mail reported.
Peyton’s premature birth came after her parents struggled for years to get pregnant. And Becky Keir told the outlet that she found herself heartbroken after the birth, as she grappled with the struggles the family would soon face.
“I was heartbroken, angry at myself and guilty for not being able to keep my baby safe for a few more weeks,” she said. “I was just so terrified that my baby, who has taken seven long years to get here, might not make it.”
Becky recalled how “small” and “delicate,” yet “beautiful” the newborn was, saying that the child had to be “placed into a sandwich bag to protect her skin.” She also recalled some of the other details that immediately followed the emergency birth, saying Peyton was rushed off by doctors and nurses to be given life-saving care.
“Within seconds of the birth, a team of doctors and nurses rushed in and put Peyton onto the resuscitaire, before she was taken to NICU,” she said. “I was warned that 60 percent of babies born at 24 weeks only survive past the first month.”
Today, Peyton is doing well, and though doctors have reportedly warned that Cerebral palsy is a potential side effect, she shows no signs of any major issues and is developing as expected, the Daily Mail reported.
(H/T: Daily Mail)
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