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Preemie live streamed from hospital to parents’ wedding

A couple were surprised at their wedding after hospital staff managed to set up a live stream of their prematurely-born daughter dressed as a flower girl.

Amy Nixon, 28, works in construction and suffers from polycystic ovaries. Because of this, she had been told that it was very unlikely she would become pregnant. However, shortly before her wedding with her now husband, Alex, much to their delight, she discovered she had become pregnant.

Alex said “The pregnancy was a huge shock because we were told Amy was probably infertile. [Baby] Mia was a very happy surprise.”

The couple had originally planned to get married in Cyprus but with the unexpected news, they decided to postpone their wedding until 20 May, before their baby was due.

Baby Mia had no intention of waiting for the wedding, though. Amy started having contractions early and baby Mia was born on 2 May at just 24 weeks weighing less than 2lbs.

“She was wearing a little dress and headband and had some flowers. Once I saw her that was it, we were all crying.”

Despite being born so prematurely, Mia was doing well and putting on weight, though she was still far too small to go to her parents’ wedding. The nurses at the hospital, though, without mum and dad knowing, set up a live stream of Mia at the hospital dressed as a flower girl so she could take part in the wedding.

The new dad and groom, who lives in Coulby Newham, said “We sat down and discussed cancelling the wedding. But we had lost all of our deposits and everything from cancelling the one in Cyprus, so we decided to go ahead.”

“The hospital surprised us on the day with a live stream of Mia. She was wearing a little dress and headband and had some flowers. Once I saw her that was it, we were all crying. The guests were crying and even the nurses were crying, it was so lovely.”

The nurses also decorated Mia’s crib and organised cupcakes and drinks so the family could have a celebration when Alex and Amy made it to the hospital after the wedding.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said “As this couple found out, babies don’t always come when they’re supposed to, but they’re still precious and their lives still matter. Sadly, it is legal to have an abortion up to 24 weeks gestation in the UK and up to birth if the baby is thought to have a disability.”

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.