WHEN Kelly Goss went into labour at just over 23 weeks pregnant, and was praying for a miracle, she had no idea that her miracle was practicing obstetrics almost 800km away.
Goss, her two-year-old daughter, Rylee and husband Ryan had just packed up their home in Durbanville and were moving to Port Elizabeth.
After spending just over a day in hospital in Cape Town, she was scheduled to fly to Port Elizabeth.
“In Cape Town they loaded me full of drugs and put me on a plane to Port Elizabeth with a special note.
“I was discharged from hospital at 11am. My flight was at 1pm,” she said.
“My father-in-law came to fetch me at the airport and we went straight to Dr Andre Ferreira’s rooms. He made a joke that I was going to become his long-term patient.”
Goss was hospitalised immediately.
“I was in hospital lying with my feet in the air, desperately trying to keep my baby inside for just a while longer.
“The first time I met Dr Ferreira I knew he would save my daughter’s life.
“His patience and perseverance in the end did.
“I only had one goal and that was to get her to 26 weeks or 1kg.”
Goss recounted the excruciating three weeks during which she endured 80 to 100 contractions a day, pleading with her tiny little daughter to stay put for just one more day.
“I wasn’t even allowed to get up to shower.
“On the upside I had the best food in the hospital. My husband kept on bringing me cookies.
“Dr Ferreira came to see me every day and night with such a positive attitude.
“Every morning he would say “We made another night, liefie”. Every night he would leave saying “We made another day liefie”.
“His encouraging words always made me so grateful he was on our side and fighting for our precious little girl.”
Then on Saturday September 20 last year, Goss was rushed to theatre where Kayley was born through an emergency C-section. They had just reached their goal and baby Kayley was born weighing in at 1kg.
“Dr Greg Boden (a neonatologist practicing at Life St George’s Hospital) warned us before the time that premature babies don’t cry, but I heard her give three little cries. She weighed 1.06kg.”
“My husband was overseas and on his way back. I couldn’t even phone him. It was only when he landed that he got the message that Kayley was born and that she was ok. Then he still had to wait three hours to come to Port Elizabeth,” she said.
“She is my miracle baby,” obstetrician Ferreira said.
Kayley’s second name is Grace.
“While she was in ICU for 76 days we played Amazing Grace from Hillsong to her over and over. It is definitely true of her,” Goss said.
“That moment when they said you will have to deliver the baby now, we are going to theatre in five minutes, will forever be engraved into my mind.
“Sister Kelly Holmes and Michelle Myers were there and calmed me down along the way.
“When we arrived in theatre there was a deafening silence.
“It was a very tense time. We did not know if Kayley would come out breathing or not.
“When Kayley came out and let out three little screams we knew everything would be ok.”
Goss said that when she was in her 25th week of her pregnancy she met with Dr Boden. “Just before I met him I felt that Kayley had the hiccups. Somehow that assured me that she was going to be ok.”
“I will forever be grateful for having him in our lives. The way he speaks to these little babies is incredible.
“He is a real gentle giant who is definitely a baby whisperer.
“He even picked up very quickly that Kayley had an infection and started her on antibiotics.
“When you have a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, you start to celebrate everything. You start hoping hour by hour. Then day by day and later week by week. You celebrate everything.
“We even designed our own little happy dance for Kayley’s good days. For everything good that happened we did our special happy dance,” she said.
“The great thing about these doctors and nurses is that they genuinely care. I want to say that all the hours they put in never go unnoticed.
“We will forever be grateful for every single staff member, even though they felt like family.”
“I am especially grateful for sisters Leizle Korf and Rene Blom who kept me sane during this time with their amazing stories, prayers and encouraging words,” Kelly said.
After 76 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Kayley finally went home in November, weighing 2.3kg.
“She is a very happy baby,” Goss said.