VIDEO: Our little miracle!
A TINY baby has defied the odds to come home from hospital after being born three-and-a-half months early. Born at just 25 weeks and five days on January 12, Vincent Barrow tipped the scales at just 1lb 12oz. Little Vincent should still be safely tucked
A TINY baby has defied the odds to come home from hospital after being born three-and-a-half months early.
Born at just 25 weeks and five days on January 12, Vincent Barrow tipped the scales at just 1lb 12oz.
Little Vincent should still be safely tucked up in his mother's womb until April 23; but after spending nearly three months watching their baby son fight for life in six different hospitals, elated parents Rob and Rebecca were finally able to bring their "little miracle" home on Easter Sunday.
Now the right side of 5lb, healthy and feeding well, their baby boy is getting stronger by the day and is enjoying life at home with 20-month-old sister Minnie.
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The young couple, both 27, had no way of knowing the journey they were about to take when self-employed music teacher Rebecca went into early labour during a music lesson in their Barnstaple home.
Three hours' later, Vincent Lucien Balzani Barrow was born at North Devon District Hospital, where he was to begin the first few hours of his precious young life on a ventilator.
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"There were tubes and wires everywhere," said Rob, a director of family-run Barnstaple firm Barrow Clark Furnishers.
"He didn't have a single arm or leg free. All we could do was to start praying for him."
The birth was just the opening chapter of a dramatic and traumatic start to life that would see Vincent needing medication to close an open heart duct, as well as three lumbar punctures, three blood transfusions, and operations to treat complications associated with severe brain bleeding and a perforated stomach.
But the couple, both Christians, believe their faith in God has carried their family through the ordeal.
"This has been the biggest test of our lives and it's by God's grace that Vincent's here with us today," said Rob.
"We've experienced unbelievable highs one minute and have been on the floor crying the next; every day we've been on a rollercoaster of emotions from euphoria to despair and back again but we have been so blessed with the support of the medical staff, our family and friends."
"Vincent's been through a lot in such a short space of time and he's got a lot of hurdles to get over but we truly believe he will do that," added Rebecca.
"He is our little miracle and it was such an amazing feeling to bring him home. Our family is all together at last; it was worth the wait."