‘Miracle’ as baby born 15 weeks early weighing just 1lb home in time for Christmas


Lucas Simpson was premature by more than 100 days but now five-months-old, his parents are looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four at home

Dad Allan with son Isaac and Laura holding Lucas
Dad Allan with son Isaac and Laura holding Lucas

A ‘miracle’ baby has been born 15 weeks early and weighing just 1lb is home for Christmas.

Tiny Lucas Simpson was delivered at just 24 weeks and spent 127 days in hospital, before being strong enough to go home.

Despite his incredibly early arrival – just two days over the UK abortion limit – the little fighter defied the odds to survive.

Arriving on June 24, four months before his October 9 due date, Lucas was born weighing just 1lb 6oz [740grams].

He was premature by more than 100 days but now five-months-old, his parents are looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four at their home in Skipton, near Leeds.

Mum of two, Laura Mount, found out she was expecting just weeks before Lucas was born.

She said: “I was in the bath and saw my tummy move.

“I had irregular periods but no symptoms at all. It was a real shock, but even finding out at 21 weeks pregnant, I thought we had time to prepare.

“At my first scan we found out it was a boy, we just never imagined meeting him so soon after.”

Baby Lucas born at 24 weeks and weighing just 1lb 6oz
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Just a few weeks later Laura experienced pains and she went to hospital.

She said: “I was 4cm dilated and they pumped me with steroids. At midnight we had to be blue lighted 40 minutes away as my local hospital didn’t have the equipment for babies born under 32 weeks.

“They gave me difficult information before I delivered gently explaining the survival complications he might face. I had to be prepared for what might happen, because of how early it was. He was born at 24 + 5 days.”

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Laura with Lucas at eight weeks and one day old.
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Laura was shocked at how perfectly formed Lucas was – despite being born just five days over the UK abortion limit.

She said: “When he was born his nipples were formed, he had fingernails too.

“I’m pro choice but the abortion limit is too high – he was tiny, but perfect when he was born.”

Lucas has battled hard to be strong enough to come home.

The 29-year-old explained: “When he was born, a valve in his heart didn’t close properly and he had a heart murmur.

“We waited to see what happened and it closed at 10 weeks old.

“He also had sepsis, seven blood transfusions and came home on oxygen as his lungs haven’t developed enough. He was on a ventilator for 7 weeks and had laser eye surgery.”

She added: “He was in intensive care until 52 days old – then on to high dependency.

“When he weighed 2kg, we could put him in a cot and once he could maintain his temperature, we were able to dress him.”

“They had to put him on a ventilator, I held him for only 30 seconds as he needed to go to intensive care.

“His skin was so fragile and see through, we could see his veins.

“It’s a miracle how far he has come.”

LLaura was shocked at how perfectly formed Lucas was – despite being born just five days over the UK abortion limit.

She said: “When he was born his nipples were formed, he had fingernails too.
“I’m pro choice but the abortion limit is too high – he was tiny, but perfect when he was born.”

Lucas at just 3 hours old.
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She added: “After everything he has been through, I wonder how he survived, but he is a fighter..

“I was always worried he wouldn’t make it but he got stronger every day.”

Laura and her partner Allan, 40, spent three months making the 40 mile round trip to Bradford, before Lucas was big enough to be moved to their local hospital.

She said: “The staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary safely delivered Lucas and kept him alive. They provided everything he needed to fight in those early months.

“At Airedale General Hospital, the staff worked to get Lucas home, to help him grow and get bigger.

“I am eternally grateful for everything, there’s not enough I can say to thank them. The care we received was amazing.”

“I was always worried he wouldn’t make it but he got stronger every day.”

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Laura describes the moment Isaac met his little brother for the first time when he came home on October 25.

She said: “We had showed him photos and videos and he would kiss my phone but it’s hard to explain at his age.

“They day they met was really precious. Isaac will be two in January and he loves his little brother. Isaac shows him his diggers and tractors. I know they will have a great bond.

“Everyone was desperate to meet him as only Allan and I were allowed at the hospital.

“He was four months old before we got to introduce him to family. We have been very careful. His health is our priority, so we have limited visitors to just our closest family.”

Today, Lucas weighs 12lb 9oz and has struggled with his multiple medical conditions

Laura, who works in a building society said: “It’s been a really difficult few months, one of us with Isaac and one of us at the hospital, we have been like passing ships and pulled in all directions, Isaac is only one, he needed us too.

“We also completed on our new house the day I went into labour and finally moved in at the end of November, it’s certainly been an overwhelming few months.

“I am just so happy to have Lucas home, for our family to finally be all together, especially as it’s just in time for Christmas.

“I dreamt about him coming home but I was so nervous.

“I didn’t sleep for a week checking his oxygen, but Lucas is our super-baby.

“He has slotted into our family and completed us. Having him home is the best present I could have wished for.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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