"I didn't think she would be here. It's scary to think if she had been just two days earlier they wouldn't have worked to save her," Victoria Bradleysaid.
The fact that Francesca even existed was a miracle. Victoria and Paul Curran were told that it was unlikely they would get pregnant naturally. So, they were both surprised to discover in December of 2015 that they were expecting a baby.
Victoria went into labor three months early
Twenty-four weeks into the pregnancy Victoria rushed to the hospital with an infection. Her body naturally went into labor, which both saved the baby's life (as the infection would have killed the fetus) and put it in jeopardy. Her little girl, Francesca, was born weighing just one pound and six ounces.
For almost 17 weeks Francesca was receiving treatment in the hospital. She had 15 blood transfusions, sepsis three times, two collapsed lungs, an acute kidney injury and laser eye surgery. For 40 days she was on ventilation before switching to another form of oxygen support.
"Over the 17 weeks she spent in hospital we literally watched her grow into a baby in front of us. It was like seeing a miracle," said Victoria.
Finally the day came that Victoria and Paul were able to take their little daughter home
"Baby Francesca was born at a time in the pregnancy when the outlook for survival is very uncertain," said Bill Yoxall, Consultant and Clinical Director at the Liverpool Women's Hospital. "She faced significant challenges, but we are delighted for her and her family that she has come through these successfully and that the family are now all at home together."
Stacie Simpson is a FamilyShare staff writer. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.