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Monday, 4 November 2013

Miracle baby: Newborn died for 25 minutes and underwent surgery before she was an hour

 
Keira Robertson was just 60 minutes old when her heart stopped beating. Not only had her heart stopped beating for 25 minutes, she then needed surgery as doctors battled to save her.
Her parents, Michaela and Christopher, had earlier been warned she was unlikely to survive beyond 21 weeks in the womb. They were told that as well as having four major heart defects, their unborn child had a high risk of cystic fibrosis and Down’s syndrome.
 
 
Despite the warnings, Mrs Robertson, rejected advice to terminate her pregnancy and the baby delivery was through caesarean section because of her positioning in the womb.

However, only nine minutes after Keira's was born her heart stopped. When doctors finally managed to revive her, she needed two heart operations – after 40 minutes of life and at eight days old – and a week of hypothermia treatment to reverse any brain damage.


 
But having survived her gruelling start to life, Keira is a happy, smiling seven-month-old baby and taking on her next challenge – learning to crawl.

Mrs Robertson and her husband, a 29-year-old engineer, are raising funds for Yorkhill Children’s Charity through www.justgiving.com/michaela-robertson1


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