A premature baby stuck in a US hospital for five months with a 10% chance of survival is now on the rise in the UK.
Lily Borrill, who just celebrated her first birthday, was born prematurely in Baltimore, United States, at 25 weeks, while her parents were on vacation.
Weighing just 1lb 11oz, baby Lily made headlines in August last year as her parents struggled to pay her crushing medical bill – not having purchased insurance.
Parents have been asked to cover medical costs of £ 23,000 after she needed 24-hour care and was resuscitated nine times.
Lily, who just celebrated her first birthday, was born in Baltimore, USA at 25 weeks gestation and weighing just 1lb 11oz, had only a 10% chance of survival. (Pictured: Lily with her mother Yeridiana Chazares)
Yeridiana Chazares (left) and her partner, Louis Borrill, (right) are delighted to have returned home and they are settling in their home in Scunthorpe after spending five months in America while Lily (middle) has regained strength.
Even her parents started a fundraising campaign in an attempt to pay the huge medical bill.
But after spending five months in America while Lily regaining her strength, Yeridiana Chazares, 29, and her partner, Louis Borrill, 22, have finally returned home to resume their lives in Scunthorpe.
They are now sharing their story to give some hope to other parents who are going through similar struggles.
Yeridiana said: ‘Her first birthday was a celebration of her strength. We kept thinking, “Wow you did it Lily, you really did it.”
“Watching her learn new things is so emotional. This brings us back to the hospital where we weren’t sure if she would be able to do the things she does now with such ease.
“ She continues to amaze us and we are so grateful to have her home happy and healthy.
“We had only planned to go to the United States for two weeks. I went to the doctors before I flew and they cleaned it up and said it was safe. We ended up having to stay in America for five months.
Yeridiana suffered from a pregnancy complication known as PPROM – premature premature rupture of membranes – where the sac surrounding her baby broke.
When Lily was born, she wasn’t moving and couldn’t breathe. After 15 minutes, a doctor managed to put on a breathing tube – saving his life
She needed an emergency Caesarean, which means her daughter was born three months prematurely, in an American hospital, thousands of miles from home.
Yeridiana said: “ I am from America so we were visiting family on our trip, they live in a small apartment where we were able to stay at first, but we couldn’t stay there for long, so we had to start staying at hotels which cost us even more.
‘We were fortunate to also have family and friends who helped us with some costs, we also set up a Go Fund Me which raised over £ 4,600. [$6,000].
The young family spent five months in hospital so Lily (pictured) could gain enough to undergo heart surgery before being allowed to return to the UK
Lily (middle) is getting stronger and stronger every day, but there was a time when her parents Louis (left and Yeridiana (right) didn’t know if she would make it.
The couple had no medical insurance as it was around £ 4,000 because Yeridiana was pregnant, just for those ten days. The risk of not paying for it backfired.
“ But because Lily was born in the United States, she was classified as a U.S. citizen, so we were also able to purchase insurance that covered 40% of the bills. ”
After five months of fighting in the hospital to become strong enough to receive heart surgery – which shut off a heart valve so that she could be on sufficient oxygen to be able to return to the UK – the young family has was finally able to return home.
Yeridiana Chazares (left) was stunned when doctors said she was due to give birth – three months before Lily’s due date (right)
What is PPROM? When a mother’s waters break before 37 weeks
Premature Premature Rupture of Membranes (PPROM) is a pregnancy complication that occurs when a pregnant woman’s waters rupture before 37 weeks. Once the amniotic sac ruptures, it increases the risk that the baby will be born prematurely or that the mother or baby will have an infection.
PPROM affects only 3% of pregnancies in the UK and the US, but it is believed to be responsible for around 30-40% of preterm births.
Its cause is generally unknown. Premature birth, an infection of the reproductive system, or vaginal bleeding increases the risk, as does smoking during pregnancy.
Symptoms may include:
- A sudden jet of fluid from the vagina
- Liquid leak
- You feel wet in your underwear or vagina
The first time, mom said: ‘The whole experience was mentally exhausting. Some days she would stop breathing, we walked in and had to watch her come back to life.
“We could never be sure that everything would be okay, every day was different. We never wanted to hope too high. It was heartbreaking.
Since returning home, Lily has grown stronger and stronger, her parents are so relieved to have a happy and healthy little girl at home with them.
Proud mum Yeridiana said: ‘She is doing really great now, she has no oxygen and has learned to crawl. She is working on standing.
“ Since she is premature, we have to help her a lot to try to catch up with her with full term children. We are so proud of her.
“Having your house is so surreal. I always work to not be so paranoid and to enjoy every moment. She must have been resuscitated so many times that I still find myself checking her breathing to make sure.
“It’s like you feel like almost losing your child, you never want to feel that way again.
The family recently celebrated Lily’s first birthday on August 6 with a Moana-themed party, which was a miracle for them as they were told she had less than a 10% chance of surviving.
Yeridiana said: ‘She was so happy the whole time on her birthday, playing with her presents and eating a cake. She’s really starting to show us more of her personality.
‘On her birthday we did a side-by-side of her when she was born and the diaper she first wore was the size of her feet. It was nice to show how far she came.