Baby Who Couldn't Breath After She Was Born Survives After Doctors Refused To Give Up On Her (Photos)

A 'miracle' baby who didn't breathe for 22 minutes after she was born has been saved by a crack team of doctors who simply refused to give up on her. The drama began when Rachel Norey, of Harlow, Essex, started to bleed heavily while waiting to be induced in hospital.

The 34-year-old had suffered a placental abruption, when the placenta starts to come away from the inside of the womb wall.

The married NHS administrator was taken to intensive care, lost six litres of blood and her newborn daughter Matilda was at risk of dying.

Against the odds doctors managed to resuscitate Matilda and when she was just five hours old she was transferred from Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital to the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.


Mrs Norey was under general anaesthetic, almost had to have a hysterectomy and did not get to see her daughter until two days later.

She and her 34-year-old husband Dan, a builder, were told to prepare for heartbreak and held an emergency christening at Matilda's bedside when she was just three days old.


Then Matilda moved her hand.

Matilda spent a month at the Rosie Hospital, a further week at hospital in Harlow and was then discharged home.

Matilda has just passed her six-month health visitor check "with flying colours" and Mrs Norey has said she is indebted to the medical team.

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