Premature Baby Survives: Born at 24 Weeks, Weighed Less Than a Bag of Flour

Premature Baby Survives: Born at 24 Weeks, Weighed Less Than a Bag of Flour

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 1/21/14 5:51 PM

Aiden McLaughlin is thriving now his parents say, but it wasn’t always that way. Born at 24 weeks and weighing less than a bag of flour, Aiden spent almost a year in hospital.

But now he has caught up to children his age and started to walk and talk. His rapid improvement gives rise to questions about abortion and time limits — with many nations like the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom allowing the abortion of babies at his age.

The Daily Express newspaper has the rest of the story:

aidenDad Sean McLaughlin told how wife Kelly’s pregnancy had been going well until Friday 13th, 2012.

She was rushed to hospital bleeding and doctors could not stop Aiden from arriving.

He was born weighing 680g – less than 1.5lbs – at 24 weeks and three days.

Under UK guidelines, 24 weeks into pregnancy is the legal abortion limit and between 23 and 24 weeks, the decision to provide support to a premature baby is down to clinicians.

Speaking of the drama, father Sean explained: “Kelly started bleeding and lost a clot and we actually thought it was the baby.”

It wasn’t until they were at the hospital that they were told the baby was still safe.

Kelly was given two lots of steroid injections to help develop Aiden’s lungs in case he made an early arrival.

“It was a massive relief to find out that the baby was OK,” said Sean.

But then Kelly went into labour and there was nothing the medics could do to stop little Aiden from arriving.

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