Family Shocked When Baby Stopped Growing In The Womb
Cailyn Finkel 1/11/2018
When Briony and Mike Curwood of Lincolnshire, England, found out that they were expecting their first child, they were thrilled! The thought of raising a child together, making many happy memories and watching their baby grow up was almost too exciting to bear.
For the first few months, Briony's pregnancy went perfectly - but around 22 weeks, she couldn't feel the baby moving anymore...
After Briony and Mike found out their baby's gender at 21 weeks, they didn't think to go back for any more tests. Unfortunately, things took a dark turn when Briony was 30 weeks pregnant.
After a few days of not being able to feel her baby move, Briony was terrified and rushed to the doctors for their advice. Upon hearing Briony's problem, the doctors immediately scheduled a scan of her stomach and what they saw during the procedure was heartwrenching.
According to the doctors, Briony's baby stopped growing in the womb at just 22 weeks. This was highly unusual and they decided to deliver the baby right away.
Briony told the Hull Daily Mail what happened during her whirlwind day at the doctor's office:
"They told me I'd to prepare to give birth either that day or the next morning. I was excited at first because I thought I was going to see my baby.
I didn't know anything about prematurity as we always had 10lb babies in my family. But then I realized it was way too early and I got really scared."
Doctors whisked her into an operating room and performed a C-section as fast as they could grab the tools. Thankfully, Briony and Mike welcomed a 1-pound 7-ounce baby girl named Ava Grace. However, Briony told the Hull Daily Mail that her daughter's tiny size was troubling:
She didn't look like a baby. She looked just like a little doll. Her ears [didn't] come out of her head properly."
Even though Ava was clinging to life, Briony told the Hull Daily Mail that doctors warned her the situation was touch and go:
"I asked if she would survive and they told me to take it hour by hour. Then it was week by week. But she was an absolute trooper and, to look at her now, you would never know all she had been through."
Ava was able to overcome being born 10 weeks early with two heart murmurs and a shadow on her brain. After what seemed like ages in the hospital, Mike and Briony were able to bring their little girl home just in time for Christmas.
Now Ava is a healthy one-year-old who has grown into a bubbly personality with a big smile. The only remaining health issue is a small problem with one of her eyes, but she's in line to get that resolved shortly. Life is perfect for the Curwoods now that their daughter is home!