A sandwich bag kept her warm!! ♥️
Baby Pixie was born at just 28-weeks after an emergency C-section was performed on her mother. Pixie stopped gaining weight at 20 weeks gestation because her mother’s placenta and umbilical cord weren’t functioning properly and despite doctors’ best efforts to delay the labor, the risky C-section was their only option.
Although, as a general rule, a baby's gestation period is 40 weeks, the baby arrived in the world during the sixth month of pregnancy with a weight of 500 grams, or 1.1 pounds.
Babies born prematurely often have medical challenges right out the gate. Doctors worry not only about their birth weights, but their organs, blood, breathing patterns, body temperature, and a host of other complications.
She was so tiny and fragile that doctors used an unusual way to keep her warm: they placed her inside a sandwich baggie.
It may sound unconventional, but is not unusual for babies in these critical situations.
From the chest down, Pixie’s body was placed in a sandwich bag to keep her warm. She was rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit to prevent hypothermia.
This method is common for premature infants who weigh under 3.3 pounds, where babies were wrapped in sterile plastic to keep their body temperatures from dropping. An added benefit was that the babies did not suffer from overheating or rashes when using this technique.
In an environment where they could suffer from heat loss, it was discovered that this was an inexpensive yet effective way to save their lives.
It worked for Pixie, giving the baby girl a chance to fight for her life. She was in an incubator for three months until she grew stronger. And yet she was not out of the woods.
During the 5 months that Pixie was in the hospital, she fought multiple infections and had to receive close to 10 blood transfusions. She also had fluctuations in her weight, warranting periods of isolation from her parents until she could recover.
By the time little Pixie was released from the hospital at five months old, she weighed 7 ½ pounds. Her name was chosen because of her tiny size, but it’s clear Pixie had a huge will to survive. Truly a miracle!