A baby who had a rare birth defect which meant she was born with her intestines on the outside of her body was saved by doctors wrapping her up in cling film.
At the 12-week scan, Chloe and Joe Tobin were told their baby had gastroschisis - a condition that meant her abdomen had failed to form properly.
The baby girl, called Maisie, was closely monitored and delivered by Caesarean section. Seconds after she was born, doctors took her away and wrapped her in cling film to keep her organs close to her body and prevent infections.
She was then rushed for an operation to put her bowel back into her body, during which surgeons closed the gap around the umbilical chord to give her a regular bellybutton.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ms Tobin, a child support worker, said: “Hearing Maisie’s first cries was such a relief, as soon as I heard her I started to cry too.
“I managed to catch a glimpse of her but as soon as she was born the whole team started wrapping her organs up in cling film and then she was taken straight to surgery. Thankfully the surgery was a huge success and I can’t thank the surgeon and team enough for saving my little girls life.
“The first time I saw her properly was amazing but heart-breaking, her tiny body was hooked up to so many machines and as her mother, all I wanted to do was help her but I couldn’t. It was an incredible time for us when we could finally bring her home, she’s our little fighter and is hitting every milestone now.”
Speaking about when she first saw Maisie’s stomach, Ms Tobin said: “It was just so shocking. It took three long days for me to be able to hold my Maisie as I was still recovering from the C-section, but when I finally did it was the best feeling ever.”
Chloe and Joe, who also have five-year-old daughter Elouise, were allowed to bring Maisie back to their Hailsham home a fortnight later. Now, at four months old, she is a happy and healthy youngster.
Ms Tobin said: “We are such a strong family unit now after our rollercoaster journey but having Maisie in our lives has been more than worth it.
“Joe and I are getting married this year and we can’t wait to see our little flower girl coming down the aisle.”
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