A baby born with her intestines and bowel outside her body defied all medical expectations to survive.
Erin Angell-Field was diagnosed with gastroschisis – a rare birth defect that causes the digestive organs to stick out of the stomach – while in the womb.
Doctors warned it was unlikely she would make it through pregnancy, forcing her mother Lucia Angell, 25, to seek regular check-ups, reports Daily Mail.
When she was born, she was whisked away by doctors who had to wrap her in cling film to keep her organs warm as she was rushed for emergency surgery.
They put most of her intestines back into her stomach but had to remove part of her bowel which had died as a result of being exposed in the womb.
She spent two and a half months in hospital being closely monitored and even fought off the deadly blood infection sepsis during her battle.
But now 22 months old, Erin, from Benington, Hertfordshire, is thriving at home. However, her parents say there is still ‘a long road ahead’.
Ms Angell said: ‘That day we got to take her home was incredible. We didn’t tell any of our family and just turned up with Erin. Everyone was so happy and relieved.
‘There is still a long road ahead as she might have some stomach problems when she’s older but it is a small price to pay to have her with us.
‘She is doing so well. She is bright and funny and a right little madam but the fact she has a little attitude is nice because it shows how strong she is.
‘Seeing her fight this battle gives you a completely different outlook on things. We live life to the full and we want to make sure that every day of Erin’s life is filled with lots of fun things.’
Erin was diagnosed with the rare condition during Ms Angell’s 16-week scan at hospital.
We wish little Erin all the best.
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