A “miracle” newborn has beaten incredible odds to survive after both her lungs collapsed – because she was CRYING TOO HARD.
Robyn Theaker was born five weeks premature on March 17 weighing just over 5lbs days before the nationwide coronavirus lockdown came into effect.
However, the newborn’s condition took a drastic downturn just hours later when x-rays revealed a small hole in both her lungs, according to distraught mum Kylie, 32.
Kylie said doctors explained because Robyn was born early her lungs weren’t flexible, so her crying and screaming allowed too much air to get inside too fast.
This resulted in both of her organs collapsing and a desperate fight for survival.
Robyn and Kylie, who are from York, North Yorks., spent 11 agonising days in intensive care, where it was “touch and go” whether the little one would survive.
After a brave battle the mother and daughter duo are now safely back at home with dad Craig, big brother Davey, eight, and sister Lucy, three.
Kylie said: “We feel so lucky to have a healthy happy baby – she’s a miracle.
“There was a time when we didn’t know if Robyn was going to survive, I was absolutely distraught.
“I asked the nurses directly if my baby was going to die and they simply did not know.
“I was sat at her bedside hour after hour, I refused to leave because I was so scared she would be worse when I came back.”
She added: “Now we’re home as a family, I can’t believe it.”
Robyn was delivered via emergency caesarian at York Hospital hospital on March 17.
Within hours she began struggling to breathe and x-rays revealed a small hole had developed in each lung.
Doctors used needles to insert chest drains through the baby’s side and into her organs, which Kylie said was “horrible” to see.
The tubes enabled Robyn to breathe during her 11 days on intensive care. Kylie was all alone during this time due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Kylie said: “Those 11 days alone felt like 11 months – I was really lonely. Normally you would have family to help you through but it was just me and Robyn.
“My worry for her was completely consuming, there was nothing else on my mind at all
“All I could do was be there for her, she must have been in so much pain.”
As Robyn began showing signs of improvement the chest drains were removed and she was eventually able to breathe unassisted.
On March 29 she was able to go home, something she says doctors “could not believe”, and meet her brothers and sisters for the first time.
Kylie said: “As soon as we walked through the door everyone forgot about me and just crowded around the baby.
“The kids are obsessed with her. She is such an amazing little baby so I’m not surprised.”
Robyn’s journey is even more poignant for Kylie and Craig, an insurance company administrator, because in 2015 they lost baby Josie just one hour after she was born 24 weeks prematurely.
Kylie said: “Everything that happened in 2015 added to what happened with Robyn has left me feeling some anxiety.
“It’s been definitely been worsened by the coronavirus crisis too, it’s a strange time for everyone but especially new mums.
“I was so scared Robyn would get infected.
“The first few weeks out of hospital I couldn’t enjoy her, I would just look at her waiting for something to go wrong.”
She added: “As things gradually get back to normal I’m really excited for the future.
“Robyn had such a tough start to life but luckily she has made a full recovery, she’s healthy and happy.
“We feel very lucky.”