Miracle baby born prematurely after his mother went into silent labour was kept alive – in a SANDWICH BAG.
– Placed into the small plastic bag after his unexpected early arrival – and later moved into an incubator to recreate a womb environment.
Life saver: Baby Isaac Derwent pictured being kept alive in a sandwich bag
Adorable: Jennifer Derwent pictured with her baby Isaac in the hours after his birth
A miracle baby born prematurely after his mother went into silent labour was kept alive – in a SANDWICH BAG.
Tiny Isaac Derwent was put into the small plastic bag after his unexpected early arrival – and later moved into an incubator to recreate a womb environment.
Mother Jennifer, 32, was out shopping when she felt a slight stomach pain – which she believed to be innocuous. But quick-thinking husband Jonathan, 38, who delivered the couple’s first child at home, rushed her to hospital because he had a premonition he might be about to deliver their second child. And after being born 10 weeks early and weighing just 3lb 11oz, doctors wrapped him up in the sandwich bag – much to Jennifer’s bewilderment.
Amazing care: Jennifer and Jonathan Derwent with their children Isaac, 5 and a half months and Holly, 2 after Isaac had to be put in a sandwich bag after birth
But she said that although she was shocked to see her newborn wrapped in plastic – he has made a full recovery and she was now helping to raise money in support of medical teams who cared for him.
She said: “Straight after being born Isaac was put into a plastic bag and the doctors said the idea behind that was to regulate his body temperature.
“It was quite shocking to give birth and then for the first thing to happen is they put your baby in a sandwich bag.”
Brave boy: Jennifer Derwent with her baby son Isaac.
“I was so relieved when I heard him cry – it was an amazing moment.”
“When I was in hospital I felt really embarrassed because I couldn’t feel anything, but the nurses were concerned as they knew he would be born any minute.”
Jennifer, a psychology teacher, was out shopping for a toy box when she felt the “stomach ache”.
When Jonathan, a structural and civil engineer, took Jennifer to hospital and after her early birth she was kept in the neonatal intensive care unit at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, for monitoring.
Survivor: Baby Isaac Derwent pictured in the days after his birth
He was then moved into a special care unit where he was kept for five weeks and is now reaching.
It wasn’t the first time the couple, from Avonwick, Devon, had an unusual birth. Back in 2013 Jonathan spent 40 minutes delivering their first child Holly before paramedics arrived. Jennifer couldn’t be rushed to hospital because of her painful contractions. This time round she had a mainly painless labor. She said: “The most painful thing was not being able to hold my son.”