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Baby born at 26 weeks with hands small enough to fit in his mum’s wedding ring thriving

A premature baby born weighing just 2lbs and small enough to fit his mum’s wedding ring around his hand is now a thriving two year old.

Kate, a mum from Southampton, already had five children when she found out she was pregnant in May 2020 with baby Reggie. Everything was going as it should until November when she was a little over six months pregnant.

Kate was 26 weeks pregnant and watching TV on a normal evening in November when she suddenly started experiencing unusual pain. Kate and her husband, Matt, left for the hospital at 6.30pm but within 10 minutes she started to experience contractions. They phoned ahead and a large team of medics was waiting for them when they arrived at the hospital.

Doctors struggled to find her baby’s heartbeat as they put Kate under general anaesthetic. When she awoke two hours later she learned that her baby was alive but in intensive care.

Kate went to visit her son Reggie while he was in an incubator and on antibiotics for sepsis, which he contracted in the womb and may have led to the early labour.

“It’s beyond everything you imagine it would be”, she said. “He was like a bird just emerged from its egg, and his skin was see-through so all his little bones were visible”.

“I was so frightened to see him, because I loved him so much but was so scared of losing him”, she continued. “They said his chances of survival were less than 10 percent. I was in shock and petrified—nothing prepares you for how vulnerable they are”.

“In a few hours, I’d gone from watching TV to having a critically ill baby on life support”.

At six weeks old, his lungs collapsed and he experienced multiple infections. But despite all the setbacks, he kept growing and he was moved into a different cot at seven weeks. He even had laser eye surgery for his detached retinas.

Incredibly, he went home on his original due date in March 2021 and even though he has to use an oxygen tank, it hasn’t prevented him from growing into a happy thriving two year old. 

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said “Babies are now regularly born before or shortly after the abortion limit in the UK and go on to survive. Continual advances in medical technology present a persistent challenge to supporters of abortion.”

Dear reader,

Thanks to your support, earlier this year the abortion lobby failed to pass two extreme abortion up to birth amendments tabled by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition. 

In the new Parliament, we will be facing major threats on not just one but three fronts: assisted suicide; experimentation on human embryos; and abortion up to birth:

  1. The first threat is from the assisted suicide lobby. The new Prime Minister, Sir Keir Starmer, has not only voted in favour of making assisted suicide legal in the past but also pledged ahead of the election that he would make time for MPs to vote on the introduction of assisted suicide. Now that he has been elected, we will be facing a big battle to stop assisted suicide from being legalised. To attempt to secure this law change, the assisted suicide lobby, led by the multi-million-pound outfit, Dignity in Dying, is expected to significantly ramp up their campaigning to put pressure on MPs to vote in support of introducing assisted suicide.
  2. The second threat is from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and their allies in biotech firms that undertake experimentation on the most vulnerable, precious and unique tiny babies - human embryos. These groups are running a major campaign to remove the 14-day limit from current legislation, so that scientists will be able to experiment on human embryos / unborn babies up to when they are 28 days or four weeks gestation. At around 22 days, the central nervous system begins to form and by 28 days, the heart has begun to beat, the brain has begun to develop and a baby’s eyes, ears and nose have started to emerge.
  3. The third threat is from the abortion lobby. Earlier this year the abortion lobby failed to pass two extreme abortion up to birth amendments that Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson tabled. The abortion lobby, led by BPAS and MSI Reproductive Choices (formerly Marie Stopes International), has made it clear that they will be working with pro-abortion MPs to try and force through major changes to our abortion laws that would allow abortion up to birth. A law change that allows abortion up to birth was passed in New Zealand in 2020 by the then Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern’s Government, and that country saw a 43% increase in late-term abortions in the same year. 

If these three major threats from our opposition are successful, thousands of lives will be lost.

This year we successfully ran our biggest campaign in 26 years to fight the abortion lobby’s abortion up to birth amendments. This has used a considerable amount of Right To Life UK's limited resources since our last appeal for donations from supporters last year.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during the coming months, we are aiming to raise at least £100,000 by midnight on Sunday 14 July.

We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every single donation, no matter how small, will go towards saving the lives of the unborn and many others.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a donation now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?