Born at 26 weeks and weighing just 620 grams, miracle baby Charlotte Anker has beaten the odds over the past 15 weeks.
“There were lots of tears when we left the hospital,” mom Karin Anker, 34, said yesterday. Charlotte was discharged about two weeks ago. “We have all fallen in love with her.” Anker said she developed early preeclampsia and was in hospital for 3½ weeks before Charlotte’s birth.
“When she was born she weighed 620 grams and because of the pre-eclampsia she was smaller than normal. When she was born I could hold her in my hand.”
Anker quickly discovered her daughter’s dramatic entrance into the world, a whole three months early, was reflected in her personality.
“I call her Mighty Mouse. She is a fighter . . . and a little diva. She definitely knows what she wants,” Anker said laughing.
When Charlotte was born, doctors said the odds of her surviving were low.
“She did so incredibly well. It was touch and go at first, but our little girl just never gave up.”
Anker said both she and Charlotte were placed on magnesium drips to protect their brains.
“She has no neurological problems. She had no brain bleeds [a common complication in babies born so early].”
Anker and little Charlotte, who at three months old now weighs 2.26kg, are still in “lockdown” on doctors orders to prevent Charlotte from being exposed to too many other humans as her immune system is still developing.
Anker said their next goal was for Charlotte to get to 2.5kg.
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