Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Maisy matures

In a milestone no one thought she would achieve, 4-year-old Maisy Vignes has started school. Doctors were baffled at her birth because she had only a bit of plasma in her circulatory system and no blood at all. The first of her transfusions during her 2-week stay in intensive care had to be given through her umbilical cord. Maisy's mother describes, "It was an unbelievable situation - none of the consultants had ever heard of something like it happening before. There were previous cases of children being born with tiny amounts of blood, but Maisy had a haemoglobin level of a flat zero. There were cases recorded of people surviving with a haemoglobin level of four, but for any human to survive after having no blood at all was unheard of." Fears of brain damage due to oxygen deprivation in the womb were laid to rest when she met all subsequent developmental goals. This bodes well for "ghost babies" Olivia Norton (born in 2012 in Witham, Essex, U.K.) and Hope Juarez (born in 2014 in Irvine, California, U.S.).

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