A YOUNG dad has said he ‘didn’t think they were both going to make it’ after his 19-year-old mother, Holly Brearton, gave birth to Sadie 13 weeks early.
Sadie is just six days old today and weighs less than a kilogram, having been born unexpectedly on Halloween day at 7.55am after an emergency C-section under general anaesthetic.
The nightmare scenario unfolded for Lachlan McMillan, 20, and Ms Brearton, both from Yeadon and who already have a child together, when the latter started having severe stomach pains on October 30.
Mr McMillan said they went to the maternity ward at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and were then transferred to Leeds General Infirmary for special tests.
These revealed that Ms Brearton’s cervix was open and the baby’s head was there.
The hospital provided treatment to open Sadie’s lungs and get blood to her brain, then on the morning of October 31, Ms Brearton felt the need to push with her abdominal pains and contractions.
It was then that the young mother was rushed in for the caesarean section.
Mr McMillan missed the birth of his daughter as he could not be in the room as Ms Brearton was under general anaesthetic.
The father said: ‘I was worried sick for both of them.
“I had to stay away, I was not allowed to be with Holly.”
He added: “It was incredibly scary.”
Mr McMillan admits he was worried about their lives and although Sadie is making good progress, they take it day by day.
He said: ‘We still don’t know if she’ll make it, she’s in the NICO (neonatal intensive car unit) so we’re taking each day as it comes because she might get worse, she might get better.
“It all comes down to how strong she is, she’s a fighter and she pulls it off.”
The mum and dad were visiting Sadie in hospital yesterday and Sadie said they would probably be there until midnight or 1am.
The couple were delighted to be able to see their baby’s face for the first time, after the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) helping her to breathe and covering her face was replaced by a high-flow machine.
Mr McMillan said: “We’re both excited to get to see her properly.”
Sadie is expected to stay at NICO for another eight to 13 weeks and the mum and dad have set up a GoFundMe page to help buy vital items like Tiny Baby clothes, a breast pump and diapers for premature babies.
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