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Baby born weighing just 3lb 5 oz airlifted to hospital for treatment

A baby boy unexpectedly born three months early and weighing just 3lb 5oz at birth had to be airlifted to hospital.

Kayce was unexpectedly born 84 days ahead of his due date and was swiftly airlifted to the hospital for specialist care. He required medical attention including breathing support, intravenous (IV) antibiotics to counter sepsis, and nutrition through an IV and an oral gastric feeding tube. 

His parents, Blaire and Kian Cook, have left their home to stay with their son in near the hospital. The family expects to stay there for two to three months following their son’s birth before hopefully being transferred to a hospital closer to home.

So far baby Kayce has been making good progress

Kayce recently stopped requiring IV antibiotics a few days after birth and he has been able to self-correct episodes of low heart rate. His grandparents have also been able to meet him for the first time.

A family friend shared “Grandma and grandpa also got to meet their grandson yesterday for the first time and aunty Brooke has been hanging out for some much needed support for both mom and dad. Baby Kayce is so loved!”.

Outcomes for premature babies are improving constantly

Improvements in medical treatment have meant that premature babies like Kayce are increasingly surviving from even younger ages. In the decade to 2019 alone, the survival rate for extremely premature babies born at 23 weeks doubled, prompting new guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) that enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks gestation. The previous clinical guidance, drafted in 2008, set the standard that babies who were born before 23 weeks gestation should not be resuscitated.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said “It is amazing to hear that baby Kayce is doing so well and is improving every day. We wish him and his family all the best in the upcoming months of treatment. The evidence from cases of premature babies surviving with the help of medical expertise should demonstrate to legislators the need to reconsider our current abortion limits”.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.