Baby Theo Taylor, who weighed the same as a can of coke at birth, survives and doing well, says mother
Theo Taylor is believed to be the smallest baby boy to be born and survive in Britain, weighing at only 12 ounces, the same as a can of coca-cola
Theo Taylor, born on March 15 and weighing at only 12 ounces, the same as a can of coca-cola, was on the brink on death for some time, before the little baby boy miraculously survived, and is now thriving.
According to Metro, Theo is believed to be the smallest baby boy to be born and survive in Britain. The child was born 26 weeks and five days premature. Just a day before Theo was born, doctors gave his mother a choice to terminate the pregnancy if she wanted. She was 19 weeks pregnant when she went to the doctor, where scans revealed that Theo was much smaller than what he was supposed to be at that time of the pregnancy.
Katie and her husband Jay were warned to "expect the worse" and also to "prepare for demise" as she continued her pregnancy. Katie shared, "Before he was born, it was really hard hearing all the time that he wasn’t going to make it, and even when he was born that we might not get to take him home. But we got through it by saying, ‘no, he’s made it this far, let's just support him'. We were so positive and kept saying that we would fight for him."
Her husband Jay also remembered what it was like when he saw Theo for the first time - which was after the doctors performed a C-section following Katie's hospitalization with pre-eclampsia and the discovery of fluid around Theo's heart.
"He was smaller than my hand and much smaller than they [doctors] even thought he would be," Katie added. When Theo was born, the doctors told Jay that Theo weighed the same as a can of coca-cola.
Jay shared, "But even when I picked up a can, it felt heavier than Theo. I think that was the most scared I have ever been, but it was also a relief to see him."
The father added: "On the day he was born one doctor said 'don’t take for granted that you will be able to take him home'. It was only on July 7 that Theo was given the green light to go home. At the time, he weighed about 7 lbs 6 oz. He is on nasal oxygen and his health is improving day by day."
"It’s much easier with him home now than in [the] hospital," Katie shared before adding that the doctors do not think that Theo will have any problems in the future. "It feels like he has been with us for much longer than six months. It’s weird to think that he was the smallest baby ever as he is so much bigger than he was and is doing so well now," she added.