Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She Was Given Just a 10% Chance of Survival - but Molly's a Fighter

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She Was Given Just a 10% Chance of Survival - but Molly's a Fighter

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter

MIRACLE baby Molly Bamborough was given just a 10% chance of survival - but has defied doctors' odds.

When she was just three days old, mum Elisha was told to prepare for the worst as Molly had a hole in her diaphragm and was unlikely to pull through.

But today, after five operations and 14 days on a ventilator, the fivemonth-old is doing well at home.

Elisha, 19, of Wardley, Gateshead, said: "This experience has taught me to never give up hope.

"Molly fought against everything that was thrown at her and I feel like my little girl has shown me that anything is possible.

"Some days I would be too scared to walk through the hospital doors as I wouldn't know whether it was going to be a good day or bad day.

"But you have to try and stay strong and have hope that your child will make it through.

"I believe where there's great love there will always be great miracles."

At her Elisha's 21-week scan, doctors discovered Molly's lungs weren't growing as they should be as she had a hole in her diaphragm, which meant her organs were moving to her chest. At that point, they gave the baby a 50% chance of survival.

Once she made it into the world, weighing just over 6lbs, little Molly underwent an operation to fix the hole.

But at just three days old she was put on a life support machine and her chances of survival dropped to just 10%.

She was transferred from Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary to the Freeman Hospital as medics asked Elisha if she wanted to continue treatment.

Full-time mum Elisha said: "Doctors explained to us that because of her hernia, Molly's little body was trying to help itself, but was working too hard which caused heart and lung hypertension.

"To give her extra support, the doctors decided she would need to be supported by an ECMO - a life support machine that would deliver oxygen into her blood.

"So Molly was rushed in an ambulance to the Freeman where she was put on the ECMO and received further treatment but were distraught with the doctors' prognosis - she was given only a 10% chance of survival. …

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