A baby girl born at 24 weeks in Scotland is thriving. Francesca Bradley-Curran was born after 24 weeks and 2 days’ gestation, weighing only 1lb 6oz. Her feet were only slightly bigger than a penny. The stage at which Francesca was born was just two days after the cut-off point for abortion in the UK.
Doctors told her parents, Victoria Bradley and Paul Curran, that even if their daughter did survive, she would most likely never be able to walk or talk. But she has defied all expectations and is flourishing.
Her mum Victoria said: “From the minute she opens her eyes she’s a constant ball of energy. It is crazy to think that the doctors told us even if she did survive, she would never walk or talk, but now we cannot get her to sit still or be quiet. Every day I look at her and think she is my walking, talking miracle.”
Medical advances in recent years means that more and more babies born prematurely are surviving and thriving. It also raises serious questions about abortion laws in places like Ireland and Britain that permit late-term abortion. Abortion advocates run a mile from such discussions but increasingly it is going prove difficult for them to keep running as the evidence keeps mounting and what is before our eyes proves that the unborn child is one of us and just needs our love and care to develop and reach his or her full potential.