"I'm so happy I listened to my heart instead of the doctors,” says Kiera Meldrum, 20, after giving birth to a healthy baby girl.
20-year-old Kiera Meldrum from York, England suffered a few miscarriages previously. But when she found out that she was pregnant again in July 2018, she was told that her unborn daughter was suffering from a serious medical condition. This report from her doctors came five months after she found out she was pregnant and she was recommended to abort her child. But this time, Meldrum wasn't having any of it. She refused the doctor's 'advise' fourteen times, according to her claims.
“I refused to terminate Lillee-Rose (her newborn daughter) every time they told me to, and I'm so happy I listened to my heart instead of the doctors,” Meldrum told SWNS of her now 6-month-old daughter. The doctors had told Meldrum that her child had Grade 3 severe ascites to the bowel, a condition that seemingly causes an abnormal accumulation of fluid in one's abdomen. Meldrum was then told that her daughter was suffering from that very condition when she went for her scan after 21 weeks of pregnancy.
“Doctors told me every week to terminate my pregnancy, ...but something told me Lillee-Rose would make it through”@LilaGraceRose— George Gmitro (@GeorgeGmitro) September 11, 2019
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"I felt sick when they told me she wasn't well, but I just knew my little girl was a fighter and that she could make it,” she recalled. "There was no way I was terminating my pregnancy — I'd waited so long to become a mom and I was determined to do all I could to protect my baby."
The next incident occurred on the 28th-29th week of her pregnancy when the baby's bowel was ruptured. This put the doctors in an even bigger dilemma as they urged her once again to proceed with an abortion. According to the doctors, Amniotic fluid was also building up inside Meldrum, resulting in her feeling immense pain.
“My stomach swelled up enormously, and it felt like I was carrying a giant painful water balloon against my tummy. Doctors said that draining the fluid could hurt my baby, and after being told how poorly she already was, I knew I couldn't do anything risky,” she told SWNS. "I was in constant pain, but I had to do everything I could to protect my baby or I'd never forgiven myself."
Then finally, on week 34 in February this year, Meldrum went into labor and ended up successfully giving birth to her daughter. The little girl, named Lillee-Rose weighed just over 4 pounds after birth and required immediate emergency surgery to repair her ruptured bowel.
“I was terrified of losing her and watching them whisk her straight away from me and into surgery broke my heart,” she said. The baby stayed in an incubator at Leeds Teaching Hospitals for the first eight weeks of her life. Then she went through another surgery which nursed her back to health and was subsequently discharged and taken home.
After suffering several miscarriages, Kiera Meldrum, 20, was delighted to learn she was pregnant again in July 2018. But roughly five months into her pregnancy, the United Kingdom woman was told her unborn daughter... https://t.co/0NR2DrsjVy— PatriciaT (@patpathos) September 12, 2019
Fox News reported that a doctor at the hospital told SWNS that Lillee-Rose suffered from a rare birth defect called jejunal atresia with ascites, “which affects between 1-3 babies in every 10,000 born and requires complex specialist surgery to correct.”.
Little Lillee-Rose will be making regular check-ups to the hospital every few months to ensure that her bowel is healing and functioning properly. Things seem to be looking up for the family as Meldrum affirmed that her baby is doing well and getting stronger each day.
“Doctors told me every week to terminate my pregnancy, and hearing that advice over and over again was horrific, but something told me Lillee-Rose would make it through,” Meldrum said. "My baby girl never stopped fighting and finally having her home with me is a blessing. She's my little miracle."