London, Jan 27 (ANI): A newborn was miraculously saved by doctors after being born with no blood as all of it had been drained from his body while he was in his mother's womb.
When the baby, Oliver Morgan, was born he looked pale and stillborn and doctors were unable to find a heartbeat for 25 minutes. He survived after being given oxygen, gentle heart massage and a lifesaving blood transfusion.
He is now a healthy and happy 15-month-old to his mother, publishing executive Katy Morgan, 36, salesman father, Jeff, 42 and seven-year-old brother Jack.
"Oliver's birth was so traumatic that I haven't been able to bring myself to tell his story till now," the Sun quoted Katy as saying.
"He was born dead with no blood in his body - but now he's sitting here smiling at me.
"The doctors literally brought him back to life and I will never be able to thank them enough for this wonderful gift," she said.
Oliver almost bled to death after a rare condition called Vasa Previa formed an extra vein in his mother's womb. It burst and she woke up covered in blood 371/2 weeks into her pregnancy.
After being rushed to Maidstone General Hospital, Katy was shocked to discover it had all come from her baby.
Oliver was born by emergency Caesarian weighing 6lb 1oz at 5:12 am and after attempts to resuscitate him he was given a blood transfusion pumped into the still-attached umbilical cord.
At 5.37am the first heartbeat was detected and grew stronger as he was given more blood. All this while Katy was anaesthetised and unaware of what was going on.
"Doctors said it was one of the most amazing recoveries they'd ever seen," she said.
"Oliver had no blood, no heartbeat and looked stillborn - but somehow they got him back.
"But there were huge fears he had suffered brain damage after being starved of oxygen for so long," she added.
Oliver was taken to a special care baby unit where doctors decided to lower his body temperature to save his brain from damage.
He was placed inside a tiny coat that chilled him to 33 digreeC to make blood flow away from his skin and to his brain and heart so they would heal more efficiently. After three days, consultants began raising his temperature to the normal 37digreeC by half a degree a day.
At the same time, milk expressed by his mum was pumped directly into his stomach. Finally, after just 11 days he was well enough to be taken home by his family.
Oliver's traumatic fight for life was not the only shock for his mother. She had been told she was expecting a girl after a series of ultrasound scans during her otherwise-normal pregnancy.
"I had a baby shower and was given 300 pounds worth of pink clothes and toys by friends and family. Thankfully I kept all the receipts!" she said. (ANI)
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