Baby Leighton was a little 760 grams when he was born in 2018. Physicians called him "unsustainable" and even asked his parents if he should try to revive if things go south.
"They always asked us," Are you sure? Are you sure? "Said Mom of Bree Vine for News. "They told me they could go with long-term problems."
Leighton survived. He was sealed in a plastic bag filled with oxygen that helped him develop weak lungs.
"I was terrified," Bree said. – I felt like I just touched him to break it. He was so tiny and so fragile.
Breea baby was born 17 weeks early. Photo: 7 News
"Technology Faces the Womb"
The use of plastic sachets for incubating the neonates is not new technology. Researchers have been questioning him in lambs since 2017.
With lambs, the bags are filled with amniotic fluid and are connected with an artificial plaque. The appliance replaces the uterus with pruned animals.
Babies born for 23 weeks are usually placed in an incubator and placed on ventilators to help them breathe. According to a children's hospital in Philadelphia, it can damage their lung development.
"The age of challenge we are trying to compensate for is that a baby that lasts from 23 to 24 weeks and is facing such a challenge adapting to life out of the cervix on dry, breathing air when they are not yet supposed to be there," said Dr. Emily's researcher partridge BBC.
In Australia, about 68 babies are born daily. Those born in the 23rd week of pregnancy have 20 to 30 percent chance of survival.
Leighton is now healthy for eight months. Photo: 7 News
"He's a miracle and a half"
Now a healthy eight-month-old baby, Leighton is one of the smallest WA survival premieres.
"He's a miracle and a half," said his proud mother. "Even doctors say that he is afraid of all prospects."