Baby Lacey Murray was born at 28 weeks, weighing just 1lb 1oz. The newborn baby girl was so tiny that even some doll clothes were too big for her.
Her mum, Channae Kirkwood, said: “She was so, so small, we couldn’t even hold her for the first three days. I was scared to even touch her in case I hurt her. They had to use bubble wrap to help keep her warm.
Channae said her daughter was so tiny “I couldn’t find clothes that would fit her properly. All the premature baby clothes were too big. She had some dolls and I even tried taking off their clothes for her, but even they were too big.”
Now 15 weeks old, Lacey is thriving. “She is amazing,” her mum said. “She is doing well and growing all the time. She is still absolutely tiny but at least I can buy clothes from the ‘tiny baby’ range that almost fit her now.”
It is possible for babies born as early as 21 weeks to survive outside the womb when given specialised medical care. Some doctors argue however that healthcare resources should not be used to try to keep babies this young alive, and as we know abortion is legal in many countries even as late as the stage baby Lacey was born.