VIDEO: Miracle baby Elena finally comes home after being born four months prematurely

MIRACLE: Little Elena Forder was born on October 8th 2013, four months early weighing 1lb 5oz, and has come home after 13 weeks in hospital. Pictured here with mum Sarah and dad Andy

MIRACLE: Little Elena Forder was born on October 8th 2013, four months early weighing 1lb 5oz, and has come home after 13 weeks in hospital. Pictured here with mum Sarah and dad Andy

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A BABY born four months prematurely has finally arrived home after a gruelling fight to survive.

Tiny Elena Forder was just 1lb 5oz when she was born at Queen Alexandra Hospital’s maternity unit in Portsmouth on October 8 last year.

The tot, who was the size of mum Sarah’s hand, then spent 97 days at two neonatal intensive care units (NICU) before she was able to return home to Bournemouth last month.

Now four-and-a-half months old, Elena still weighs less than 8lb – the size of an average newborn.

Sarah, of Huntfield Road, said: “We wanted to tell our story to help others who are at the beginning of their NICU journey.

“We met some lovely people at both Portsmouth and Poole who have very ill babies, and we’re so lucky that we were able to bring our daughter home safely.”

Sarah went into labour on September 30 at 23 weeks, but doctors at the Portsmouth hospital managed to suppress her labour.

She said: “I’d started getting a few pains that kept coming and going, but I didn’t really think anything of it. I went to bed, but couldn’t get to sleep, and at 2am I thought, ‘This isn’t right’.”

A midwife at Poole General Hospital realised Sarah was in early labour and the decision was made for her to be admitted to Portsmouth.

“I was pumped full of lots of different drugs to stop the labour, and we were able to get through another week before she was born,” said Sarah.

“I was told there was only a 10 per cent chance that Elena would survive, and we just felt so shocked with only a glimmer of hope.”

But the little girl, who was put on a ventilator for almost two weeks immediately after being born, fought for her life.

Sarah said: “I just don’t know what would have happened without the amazing people who took care of us. We owe everything to them. Even in the week that labour was suppressed, they were giving me steroids to help strengthen her lungs in the womb. Being able to bring our beautiful girl home was so wonderful.”

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8:20am Mon 24 Feb 14

RM says...

Best wishes to little Elena & her family. Hope she goes from strength to strength.
Best wishes to little Elena & her family. Hope she goes from strength to strength. RM
  • Score: 25

9:05am Mon 24 Feb 14

nothingtofear says...

An amazing story. Best wishes for the future.
An amazing story. Best wishes for the future. nothingtofear
  • Score: 16

10:12am Mon 24 Feb 14

Edd12 says...

Amazing news and they deserve all the happiness! Best wishes to all of you!
Amazing news and they deserve all the happiness! Best wishes to all of you! Edd12
  • Score: 9

12:58pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Eloracep says...

All babies are a very precious gift and I am delighted that this family can now begin to enjoy Elena. Good luck and God bless
All babies are a very precious gift and I am delighted that this family can now begin to enjoy Elena. Good luck and God bless Eloracep
  • Score: 3

1:22pm Mon 24 Feb 14

poolebabe says...

Such a beautiful story. Many best wishes for the future.
Such a beautiful story. Many best wishes for the future. poolebabe
  • Score: 3

4:53pm Mon 24 Feb 14

EddieVH says...

Obviously a great outcome. It seems a bit unfair to attribute the child's survival to a 'miracle' though, I think the staff at Queen Alexandra's and modern medicine are more deserving of the credit.
Obviously a great outcome. It seems a bit unfair to attribute the child's survival to a 'miracle' though, I think the staff at Queen Alexandra's and modern medicine are more deserving of the credit. EddieVH
  • Score: 7

9:21pm Mon 24 Feb 14

sprintervanman says...

my youngest lad was born 3 months premature weighing just over a pound in weight.After 4 months of touch and go in Poole Hospital our little lad is a bouncy 2 year old who just blocked the toilet with his new games and antics.Still worship the ground the staff at Poole Hospital walk on for everything the did for our Lad.
my youngest lad was born 3 months premature weighing just over a pound in weight.After 4 months of touch and go in Poole Hospital our little lad is a bouncy 2 year old who just blocked the toilet with his new games and antics.Still worship the ground the staff at Poole Hospital walk on for everything the did for our Lad. sprintervanman
  • Score: 2

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