Mum went into labour with premature ‘million dollar baby’ while on lockdown walk

A mum has opened up about going into labour with her "miracle million dollar baby" while on a lockdown walk.

Laura Binnion was only 25 weeks pregnant in June last year when her waters broke, but says her "mother's intuition" had been telling her something was wrong for weeks.

"I was out on a lockdown walk in North Kelsey when I suddenly had a feeling like I'd wet myself, I had the three kids, I didn't know what to do," the mum-of-four told Grimsby Live.

"I called [husband] Jack and the midwife and she called an ambulance for me and we had to get my parents to go and look after he kids while I went to the hospital."

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A disoriented Laura was rushed through to the busy maternity ward at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

She passed out and didn't regain consciousness until Georgia Violet Binnion had been born via caesarean weighing just 1.14lbs.

"I had three blood transfusions because I lost so much blood during the procedure, Georgia was born crying a little bit but then she was quickly intubated which was really lucky that they were able to do it considering her size," Laura said.

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The tiny baby was taken to Sheffield teaching hospital for specialist care while Laura had to wait two agonising days before she could see her due to the traumatic birth.

Over the next several weeks she and Jack "lived between Sheffield and Grimsby" so they could spend time with both Georgia and their three other children, with help from Jack's parents.

"I can't explain that feeling of not wanting to abandon the kids by staying there but also not wanting to leave Georgia's side," she said.

"Going between the two we put about 10,000 miles on the car and spent a fortune on fuel, there isn't actually a lot of support for that for families with premature babies out there."

At four weeks Georgia had a bleed on her brain and was found to have a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a congenital heart defect common in premature babies.

She spent seven weeks intubated with her terrified parents watching over her, not sure if she would survive and unable to cuddle her.

"All I could do was sit in a chair and hold her hand when I was able to, she was so tiny you could fit my wedding ring around her hand," Laura said.

The bleed on Georgia's brain led to hydrocephalus and she had to have an operation to remove fluid from her skull, and she also suffered a bowel wall infection that prevented her from keeping food down.

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"We were there longer than any other family, all the other babies that had come in with us had gone home a long time before," Laura said.

"She was meant to be going home three times before we actually did get to take her properly for the first time, it always seemed like there would be something else."

On October 21 Georgia, at 19 weeks old, was finally well enough to go home and meet siblings Ella, Charlie and Louie.

Laura said: "Since she's come home she has been going from strength to strength, we're realistic and we know there are going to be problems for her to face throughout her life but we're taking the little wins.

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Georgia is still going to Sheffield for regular neurological appointments and receiving vital injections.

She also needs oxygen support to help her lungs cope, and drinks a special prescription milk after being diagnosed with a cow's milk intolerance.

At eight months old she's grown into a bright little baby "with a great smile" weighing 13 pounds and six ounces.

Proud mum Laura is grateful to the "incredible" NHS staff that supported her through the harrowing experience.

"If I could have one boring day with Georgia I would take it, every day it seemed there something new, the doctors would always come in with more bad news," she said.

"We call her the million dollar baby because she has had so many procedures and so much help from the NHS."

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