One of the smallest babies to survive, Hannah Wicks’ daughter, Poppy, was born at 25 weeks, through a caesarean delivery, weighing only 12.7 oz. She was so small that when her arms and legs are curled up she resembles a 7cm tennis ball.
At 18 weeks into pregnancy, Hannah has been warned that her baby would not survive because it is suffering from fetal growth restriction, a condition when blood was not reaching the vessels. She was told that the baby was not growing and the doctor told her and her husband, Steve, that the likelihood of having a positive outcome from the pregnancy is very slim.
Though they already prepared for the little girl’s death to the point that they have picked a burial site and even planned a funeral, Hannah kept talking to her unborn baby, willing her to live.
Then, four months after she was born, Poppy now weighs 4lbs, 5oz. Soon, her oxygen aid will be taken off her. The little fighter continues to defy the odds, even contracting sepsis when she was six weeks old, but she is already at home, 17 weeks after her miraculous birth.
Though Hannah and Steve were already told that Poppy has a high risk of having a cerebral palsy and may face further complications, none of it matters for now. Steve said that what’s important is that Poppy’s with them and that, in itself, is already perfect. As Poppy continues to amaze her parents and the doctors, her father believes that she will continue to defy expectations.