BURTON, England, December 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A UK woman who was told she would miscarry her unborn baby after her water broke at 13 weeks gave birth December 1 to a three-pound daughter she described as her “Christmas miracle.”
Doctors also told Kirsty Mizon, 23, that she was carrying a boy, and repeatedly offered the young mother abortion, warning that she was at high risk of sepsis and her baby would be be stillborn or handicapped, reported Derbyshire Live.
But Mizon refused, and carried her baby another 16 weeks even though it put her life at risk.
“At times I felt like I was breaking. The bleeding was so bad, I was passing 10cm blood clots,” said Mizon, who is also mother to Leo, 3, and Logan, 2.
“I didn’t know if I was strong enough to go through it, but I couldn’t give up on my baby.”
At the same time, Mizon braced for the worst, and had planned her baby’s funeral when she went into premature labor at 29 weeks of pregnancy, she told Derbyshire Live.
When she heard her baby cry, “it was the best feeling ever, the greatest sound I have ever heard.”
She and partner Lewis Peach, 26, named their “little fighter” daughter Lacey.
“I know it doesn’t happen to everyone and there is not always a good outcome, but hang on if you can, because there can be a happy ending,” she said.
Mizon, who lives in Burton, Staffordshire, in England’s West Midlands district, said that when she first found out she was pregnant she “was so excited and started buying stuff right away.”
But then suddenly things went very wrong.
“I was 13 weeks’ pregnant when I woke up in the night. I thought I had been sweating because it was hot so I changed my pajamas and got back in bed.
“That was at 4 a.m. At 8 a.m., I was walking to work when I thought I needed the toilet and I started dripping blood,” she related.
“I rushed home and called an ambulance. When I saw all the blood I knew it would be bad news. It was horrible.”
The doctors at the hospital “said my waters have broken and said my baby will pass away within 48 hours. They told me to go home and wait for it to happen.”
Mizon was “devastated.”
She returned home and “waited for the inevitable to happen. But it didn’t. My baby’s heartbeat was still going strong.”
As her pregnancy progressed, the doctors persisted in offering her abortion, telling Mizon her baby “will be handicapped and won’t be able to use his limbs.”
They gave the baby “one percent survival rate because I was constantly losing amniotic fluid,” she said. “Every scan I had I only had 1cm or 2cm of fluid and sometimes I had nothing at all.”
The doctors told her that “with no fluid the baby wouldn’t have any lung capacity or be able to move. It was awful. They also told me I was at high risk of sepsis. I thought I have got two kids at home. I was blood tested constantly,” Mizon told Derbyshire Live.
“I expected the worse and it was very traumatic,” she said.
“I planned his funeral and I couldn’t be in public places as being near babies just filled me with fear and sadness.
“I had been in touch with a bereavement midwife before and I cried so many tears for the baby I thought I was going to lose. I was even put on antidepressants.”
Mizon was scheduled for a Caesarean section at 34 weeks of pregnancy but went into premature labor at 29 weeks.“I had pains all day and by the time I got to the hospital I was 10cm dilated. My sister and mum were with me, but I felt emotionless. I wanted to block it out, to run away,” she said.
“And then I heard my baby cry,” Mizon said.
“The midwife turned to me and said, ‘he is a she, you have a little girl.’ I couldn’t believe it. I had kept her in there without fluid for almost four months.”
The doctors also told Mizon that if Lacey’s heartbeat dropped “they wouldn’t help her because of the previous complications, but she was a little fighter and we were transferred to Leicester NICU,” she said.
Lacey is doing “really well” and “only has one problem which can be fixed with physiotherapy,” and will probably be released home from the hospital by the New Year, Mizon said.
“I am still in shock. I just can’t believe I have a baby. A beautiful baby girl.”