Jul 27 2012 by Amanda Mckendrick, Lennox Herald (main ed)
A MIRACLE baby medics thought had died is finally coming home from hospital – more than three months after her birth.
Mia Rose Storrie was born 12 weeks early when her mum Shelagh McAlpine suffered a placental abruption, putting both their lives in danger.
Shelagh, 37, was initially told her baby had died when she was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital on April 25.
But the tot was still alive and, despite being diagnosed with a life-threatening blood clot on her arm and holes in her lung and heart after birth, the baby girl pulled through.
Following life-saving surgery and 10 blood transfusions, Mia Rose is now finally set to be welcomed home to Renton by mum Shelagh, dad Stephen and her two-and-a-half-year-old brother Reece.
Shelagh, 37, said: “She’s been through so much, has battled everything she’s come up against and is now a healthy wee baby.
“We feel so lucky to have her. She’s an absolute miracle.”
Stephen was working in London when Shelagh began to bleed heavily in the early hours of April 25.
The mum underwent an emergency caesarean section and her sick baby girl – who was the size of her dad’s hand – was taken to the special baby care unit before Shelagh could hold her.
Doctors found a blood clot on the 2lb 10oz baby’s arm and, as she was rushed to Yorkhill, Shelagh began to haemorrhage and had to be given two blood transfusions.
Stephen made a frantic dash from London to be at their bedside and followed his daughter to Yorkhill.
He didn’t leave until 7am when the tot stabilised, but just two hours later medics called him back with the news that they would have to operate on the tot’s arm immediately.
Stephen, 30, said: “I had to sign a consent form for them to amputate if necessary.
“I sat in my car in the hospital car park for five hours while they carried out the operation.
“I didn’t tell anyone what was happening, there was no point. Shelagh was too ill and everyone was shattered by what had already happened.
“I decided just to wait till after the operation and hoped it would be good news.
“When they started surgery they found another blood clot further up her arm and were able to remove it as well so it was actually really good news.
“The surgeons said no child that age and weight had survived an operation as big as she had.”
The next 72 hours were critical with concerns that Mia Rose could still lose her arm or foot which had turned black due to lack of oxygen.
She slowly recovered although eventually lost the top of two fingers on her left hand and the tips of three other fingers.
It was five days before distraught Shelagh was well enough to visit her sick baby girl in hospital.
There was another setback a few weeks later when doctors discovered a hole in the baby girl’s heart and lung and again it was touch and go.
Once more Mia Rose rallied and has continued to fight, and as a result her amazing story is to feature in Yorkhill’s museum.
Doctors have now told the ecstatic family that their baby girl, who was due on July 15, will finally be discharged from hospital this week.
Shelagh added: “We can’t wait to get our beautiful baby girl home where she belongs.
“We owe the staff at Yorkhill everything. They saved my wee girl’s life. We’re at the hospital twice a day and we couldn’t have done it without the nursery. Reece has been going and they are just fantastic with him.
“We want to let people know that although placental abruption does happen there is light at the end of the tunnel.”