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Miracle baby defies the odds to survive being born with stomach and intestines inside her CHEST

11:17 Jun 20 2015 Manley, Cheshire West and Chester, North West England, England, United Kingdom


Miracle baby defies the odds to survive being born with stomach and intestines inside her CHEST Miracle baby defies the odds to survive being born with stomach and intestines inside her CHEST Miracle baby defies the odds to survive being born with stomach and intestines inside her CHEST Miracle baby defies the odds to survive being born with stomach and intestines inside her CHEST
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When parents Holly and Phil Parrot discovered their baby had been born with her stomach and intestines inside her chest, they were warned there was only a 50 per cent chance she would survive.

But miracle baby Penny has defied doctors' expectations and pulled through - despite being born with the rare defect.

Scans in the womb revealed Penny, who is now 14 weeks old, had a condition that caused her organs to slip through a hole in her diaphragm.

When she was born she was whisked off to intensive care where surgeons painstakingly relocated her organs, moving them from her chest cavity into their normal position and plugging the gap.

Miraculously, the tot survived the operation and her tiny lungs started working for themselves and she went home with proud Holly, 25, and Phil, 32.

The couple, from Manley, Cheshire, have released touching photos of Penny's battle to raise awareness of congenital diaphragmatic hernias which have no known cause.

Music teacher Holly Flynn said: "When we found out we tried not to run ahead of ourselves, but there was a possibility that we might not come home with a baby.

"We felt robbed of a normal pregnancy really. We didn't know whether to go and buy stuff, to paint the room or even tell people about it or just pretend it wasn't happening.

"Me and Phil were both mutually decided we would leave it up to the baby whether she was going to make it.

"But she was a little fighter and after 28 days in hospital she came home.

"Looking at her now smiling at me and being so happy it's hard to believe what she has been through.

"She's the bravest person we know."

Holly and Phil, who co-owns a timber factory, thought everything was normal until they went to their 20 week scan.

The ultrasound showed a dark mass in her lungs which the medic said was her stomach.

They were offered an abortion at 22 weeks, and while they decided against it, refused to buy anything more than the essential baby items in case they "jinxed" the pregnancy.

Holly said: "The doctor said there was a chance I might not make it to the end of the pregnancy because some of these babies don't and it's only 50 per cent survival rate for those that do.

"I was in tears because I thought I can't give birth to a still born baby, that would absolutely destroy me.

"But when we decided to carry on we only got the bare essentials in the house - we got a cot, we got a changing mat, we got a couple of little outfits but nothing fancy."

Holly was induced at Liverpool Women's Hospital on February 23, surrounded by a team of medics who swooped as soon as Penny was born, unable to breathe.

She was transferred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where she endured a four-hour operation at just four days old, to move her organs to the correct place.

After a month in hospital she came home where she is "thriving", Holly said.

"She's put on weight and she's doing amazing.

"I don't think she has got any idea what she has been through."
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