Baby’s Eyesight Was Saved After Parents Lost Faith In Doctors.
When a baby is born prematurely, there are all sorts of worries and concerns for parents and doctors alike. Babies born nine to 10 weeks from their due date appear like regular babies except they are a couple of pounds smaller.
At times, they will require oxygen to help them breath and most will be able to nurse or bottle feed through a tube. Nonetheless, at this stage their survival rate is 96 percent. One family in the United Kingdom already had to deal with the stress of their baby boy being born nine weeks early, when something not related to his early arrival began to cause great concern.
Oliver Francis came nine weeks early. Consequently, he had to stay extra time in the hospital before it was safe to go home.
During this time, a growth on his right eye began to appear.
Doctors determined that what the newborn had was capillary hemangioma.
It is often referred as a "strawberry birthmark."
A capillary hemangioma is a benign tumour. It most commonly appears within the first six months of birth.
Doctors do not usually intervene as it tends to decrease and disappear by the 12 to 15 months mark.
The tumour, however, began to grow to the point where the eye was completely swollen.
Oliver's parents, Tasha and Mike Francis, took the baby boy to a doctor. He was prescribed medicine but it didn't seem to help at all.
The size of the tumour did not decrease but now Oliver was suffering from nosebleeds.
The doctor suggested to increase the dose.
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