After 13 months of neonatal intensive care, little Kwek Yu Xuan can finally go home and start her life with her family.
After 13 months of neonatal intensive care and hospital corridors, little Kwek Yu Xuan can finally go home and start her life with her family.
She’s still tiny, but she looks giant compared to when she was born in a great hurry a year ago. There’s a registry of the smallest babies at birth, and she’s first on the list.
She was born in Singapore in June 2020. Weighing just 7.5 ounces (212 grams), she entered a world struggling with a pandemic. Yet every ominous prediction about her has been proven wrong.
There was no choice, but there was hope
Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can be very dangerous for both mother and baby. This condition is characterized by an excessive rise in blood pressure and is what Wong Mei Ling was diagnosed with in her 25th week of pregnancy. Rushed to the National University Hospital in Singapore, she had no choice: The only hope for the baby she was carrying and herself to survive was an immediate C-section.
The birth of tiny Kwek Yu Xuan was therefore rushed, and the cold statistics weren’t on her side. The doctors prepared the family for the worst, as the chances of survival were very slim.
The most serious problem with such a premature birth (4 months ahead of term) was the underdevelopment of her lungs. Even today, a year later and with the worst behind her, the baby has, and will continue to need, respiratory support.