VIA| You wouldn’t ordinarily think of a sandwich bag as an indispensable part of emergency neonatal care, but that’s exactly where Pixie Griffiths-Grant spent the first moments after her birth—wrapped in an ordinary transparent sandwich bag as doctors tried to raise her temperature and save her life.
As the Mirror reports, Pixie was born premature at just 28 weeks when an ultrasound revealed that she wasn’t gaining weight. Though doctors tried to delay until Pixie reached a safer weight, it became clear that she wasn’t growing and they were forced to perform an emergency c-section.
The tiny infant was smaller than her mother’s hand and weighed only 1.1 pounds at birth. As soon as Pixie was delivered, medical staff immediately put her in a hat and wrapped her in a plastic sandwich bag to keep her warm as they rushed her to intensive care.
“It was so random that they had her in the [grocery store sandwich] bag – it must have just been what the operating theatre had at the time,” said Sharon Grant, Pixie’s mother.
Sharon says that the first few weeks of Pixie’s life were a matter of hour-to-hour survival. So delicate was the newborn’s health that Sharon was not allowed to cuddle her daughter for the first 18 days because Pixie would lose weight whenever she was handled.
Even when Pixie grew stronger, the bonding time had to be kept to a minimum. Her father, for example, was only allowed to hold her for an hour every other day.
“It was amazing that she survived, but it was truly traumatic,” Sharon said, describing the three months that Pixie spent in an incubator, fighting off infections and health complications. “She kept being sick when they gave her milk and every time she was handled she would lose weight.”
After two months, Pixie finally began to get stronger. Now, at five months old, Pixie has gained enough weight to leave the hospital and go home for the first time. At only 7.5 pounds, she remains as diminutive as her name suggests, but she no longer needs oxygen to breathe.
According to her mother, bringing Pixie home has been an amazing experience.
“When we went in the front door Pixie came alive. She was looking all over the place and could see what was happening,” Sharon told the Mirror. “It’s so lovely to have her home; there’s been endless cuddles and lots of people eager to see her.”