Amy was just 23 weeks pregnant when she experienced a frightening bleed six weeks after having her gallbladder removed.
After being admitted to hospital for observation, Ms Slapp, from Bundaberg, Queensland, explained to That’s Life! that she was walking to the bathroom and realised her waters had broken…four months before she was due.’
Daily Mail reports, Ms Slapp, 31, said the contractions were halted by doctors but an infection was discovered and just six days later, her little girl was ready to come into the world.
‘I was frantic with worry. How could she survive at just 25 weeks?’ Ms Slapp questioned, who had to listen to doctors explain the risks of premature birth including brain damage, chronic lung disease and developmental delays.
‘When I saw her, I felt a huge rush of love. She was hooked up to a ventilator and was covered in tubes, but she was perfect,’ she said, explaining that Olivia weighed just 754 grams and was a mere 31 centimetres long.
‘I was desperate to scoop her up in my arms but she was too delicate to be held.’
10 days later, Ms Slapp was able to hold her daughter for the first time, but what followed were 10 stressful and challenging weeks.
Ms Slapp’s relationship broke down following the birth and she relied on the support of her parents.
When Olivia was five months, Ms Slapp had a doll made for her daughter by a company that makes dolls the size of premature babies.
‘We keep her special doll on a shelf in her room and take a photo of her with it on every birthday as a reminder of her progress,’ Ms Slapp said.
Ms Slapp is now happily married and although Olivia is smaller than average at five years old, she says people would ‘never know’ what their ‘miracle’ daughter had been through.
Such a little miracle!
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