Miracle premmie baby saved by bubble wrap
A miracle premature baby born at 25 weeks has been saved by bubble wrap.
Queensland lawyer Coby Foster, 34, had enjoyed a healthy first pregnancy, when she jetted to Melbourne for a bachelorette blowout in January.
But the mum couldn't believe it when she began having mystery stomach pains, which turned out to be contractions, minutes after touching down for the party.
"I didn't feel well that night, but it never entered my thought process I was going into labour. My pregnancy was completely normal before the flight," Coby explains.
"I got my friend to take me into the Royal Women's Hospital because the hen's party was the next day at the Australian Open, and I wanted to make sure everything was fine before then.
"It was like a bad dream when they told me it was happening, I was going into labour. I was incredibly scared, not for me but for him. I wasn't sure he was going to survive.”
Partner Dave Kettle, 35, a real estate agent, dropped everything to jet across Australia from Brisbane to be by his partner's side – and just 20 minutes after he got to the hospital Jenson was born.
The couple from Brisbane welcomed their son into the world three months early, weighing just 760g and measuring a tiny 28 centimetres long.
"The first time I saw him I was in shock. He was so small and fragile. He just didn't look like the baby you imagine giving birth to," Coby says.
"It was scary seeing my baby boy hooked up to so many machines, his skin almost translucent and just so fragile - fighting for his life.”
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Because of his extreme prematurity, Jenson had to fight an uphill battle to stay alive.
Her premature miracle boy faced lung disease, jaundice, and numerous blood transfusions but during his four month-long hospital stay quick-thinking medics saved the tiny tot's life – in part by using bubble wrap to keep him warm.
"I was surprised to see the doctors using bubble wrap. I had never seen that before," she admits.
Jenson was nursed back to health in hospital over the course of almost four months, during which Coby stayed in town and Dave caught flights nearly every weekend to see his partner and son.
Coby and Dave were finally able to bring Jenson home for good in May this year.
Now seven months old and weighing 5kg, though Jenson is still overcoming health obstacles such as chronic lung disease, he is well on the road to recovery.
"Jenson is happy and he's doing very well now. Everyone keeps saying how good he looks," Coby says.
"We are incredibly proud of him. You don't realise how resilient little babies are, he's such a fighter. He's our little miracle."
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