Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Didn't Know If She Was Going to Live or Die; Mum of Baby Born without Blood Tells of Joy at Daughter's Inspiring Recovery

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Didn't Know If She Was Going to Live or Die; Mum of Baby Born without Blood Tells of Joy at Daughter's Inspiring Recovery

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

DOTING mum Vicky Loan cuddles her 'miracle' baby, who survived being born without blood.

Little Ella May battled back from the brink of death after arriving into the world completely white.

She suffered from a very rare condition which meant her haemoglobin, the chemical that carries oxygen in red blood cells, was so low it could not officially be classed as blood.

Medics at Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital said they had never seen a case like it before.

And now, seven months on, the tiny fighter has beaten the odds.

"I really thought she was going to die. I hug her every day because I'm so grateful that she made it. I love her to bits and she's my special little girl. Ella and I have a unique bond because of what we've gone through," said Vicky, of Whitehouse Crescent, Springwell Estate, Gateshead.

Vicky was only days away from her 40-week due date when she went to hospital after realising the baby wasn't moving.

Doctors discovered her heart beat was dropping dangerously low. Eventually Ella's tiny heart stopped and Vicky underwent a caesarean section.

"They got her out and I saw her for only a second," recalled Vicky, 24.

"She was so white. The medics shouted for a crash team - they were trying to resuscitate Ella and she was whisked away. I didn't know if she was going to live or die. Neither did they. It was so scary.

"Her left lung hadn't opened properly and she had to have oxygen to breathe. It was touch and go and she was given a blood transfusion.

"When I saw her a few hours later in an incubator she was a healthier pink colour. She had been given new blood, but she was hooked up to so many monitors."

Ella was born on August 25 at 6.03pm, weighing 6lb 12oz.

Haemoglobin is the protein which gives blood its characteristic red colour and abil-ity to carry oxygen around the body. When Ella was born, she had haemoglobin levels of just four out of a normal level of 18 to 20.

Ella was transferred to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary special care baby unit. It was here single-mum Vicky, a former pupil of St Edmond Campion School in Wrekenton, Gateshead, held her baby for the first time. …

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