Mum spots ‘guardian angel’ in pregnancy scan of ‘miracle baby’

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A mum believes the face of a guardian angel she spotted in her pregnancy scan saved her baby's life.

Rosie-Jean Gallagher, from Runcorn, spent 145 days in three hospitals after she entered the world 16 weeks early weighing a tiny one pound and five ounce, to parents Amy and husband builder Thomas.

Born at just 24 weeks, she was so small that her dad’s wedding ring could fit around her whole arm at the bicep.

But her tiny size contained a huge capacity for survival.

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Rosie-Jean was so small her dad's wedding ring fit round her arm. She also needed a ventilator and life support.

Rosie-Jean overcame at least two bleeds on her brain in the first week, a haemorrhage on her lungs, and then on day seven a hole in her bowel that needed emergency surgery and a rapid transfer from Arrowe Park to Alder Hey.

She and later beat several bouts of septic infection which in themselves can be fatal, plus a spell on a life support ventilator.

Having surmounted every obstacle along the way, the couple were able to finally bring her home on Monday, although little Rosie-Jean is due to return in September for stoma surgery.

Rosie-Jean still needs oxygen and a feeding tube but her return means she and her parents Amy, 35, and Thomas, 32, plus older sister and two brothers are together for the first time at home in Castlefields, Runcorn.

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Amy said the enduring tot was a "proper miracle" and says a guardian angel must have been looking over their little survivor.

She added that a scan at 20 weeks appeared to show two faces but one baby.

It was an added relief to have Rosie-Jean home as coronavirus sweeps the country, with hospitals forming the epicentre of efforts to save lives.

Tiny Rosie-Jean's mum Amy said a scan at 20 weeks showed two faces but only one baby, and she says the baby had a "guardian angel" looking over her.

The move home has been made easier by a "really good" community nurse providing "great support".

Although Amy and Thomas have been able to stay over at times at hospital with the baby, this was interrupted for two days when she was tested for coronavirus, with the results returning as a blessed negative.

Medics who called the couple in to go through the seriousness of Rosie-Jean’s situation were "fantastic", Amy said.

As well as oxygen, Rosie-Jean needs cortisone injections due to an adrenal deficiency.

Rosie-Jean weighed just one pound, five ounces, when born.

Amy, who worked as a hairdresser before switching full time to looking after her children under the demanding circumstances, said: “She had a pulmonary haemorrhage, on day five she has a massive haemorrhage on the left side of the brain and then a haemorrhage on the right side of the brain on the sixth day, and a bowel perforation on the seventh.

“We were told it was very unlikely she’d make it.

“She was transferred from Arrowe Park (hospital) to Alder hey for surgery and to Liverpool Women’s Hospital then back to Alder Hey.

“She’s been through it.”

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She added: “It’s been a very long road.”

Looking back, Rosie-Jean’s mum believes prenatal scans might have picked up a clue to the baby’s special nature.

Amy said: “When I had a scan, there were always two faces and I always said she’d got a guardian angel looking after her.

“You could see another face.

“From that day, I knew she was a little fighter.”