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Doctors refused to give up on 'miracle' baby who couldn't breathe for first 22 minutes of her life

Mirror logo Mirror 29/05/2017 Sam Russell

Proud parents Rachel and Dan Norey with their baby girl (Photo: PA) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Proud parents Rachel and Dan Norey with their baby girl (Photo: PA) A 'miracle' baby who didn't breathe for 22 minutes after she was born has been saved by a crack team of doctors who simply refused to give up on her. 

The drama began when Rachel Norey, of Harlow, Essex, started to bleed heavily while waiting to be induced in hospital.

The 34-year-old had suffered a placental abruption, when the placenta starts to come away from the inside of the womb wall.

The married NHS administrator was taken to intensive care, lost six litres of blood and her newborn daughter Matilda was at risk of dying.

Little 'Miracle Matilda' in hospital (Photo: PA) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Little 'Miracle Matilda' in hospital (Photo: PA) Against the odds doctors managed to resuscitate Matilda and when she was just five hours old she was transferred from Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital to the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.

Mrs Norey was under general anaesthetic, almost had to have a hysterectomy and did not get to see her daughter until two days later.

She and her 34-year-old husband Dan, a builder, were told to prepare for heartbreak and held an emergency christening at Matilda's bedside when she was just three days old.

Then Matilda moved her hand.

Doctors refused to give up on the infant (Photo: PA) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Doctors refused to give up on the infant (Photo: PA) "It was a miracle," said Mrs Norey. "And over the following days we couldn't believe what we were seeing.

"It was as if hour by hour she was coming back to life - the doctors were simply astounded.

"We were told how lucky we were, how the chances of this happening were slim to none and how our daughter was 'Miracle Matilda'.

"And within no time at all she became so strong that we were talking about going home."

Matilda spent a month at the Rosie Hospital, a further week at hospital in Harlow and was then discharged home.

Doctors said Matilda is lucky to be alive (Photo: PA) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Doctors said Matilda is lucky to be alive (Photo: PA) She was born overdue at 41 weeks and six days and weighed 7lbs 6oz.

Matilda has just passed her six-month health visitor check "with flying colours" and Mrs Norey has said she is indebted to the medical team.

"They were desperate to save Matilda," she said. "She was full-term, completely healthy, they all felt they had to keep going and they kept going, thank goodness.

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