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A premature baby weighed less than 1lb and was so fragile he was kept safe in BUBBLE wrap

·3-min read

Meet the premature baby born 15 weeks early weighing less than 1lb and so fragile he was kept safe and warm - in BUBBLE wrap.

Little Larenz Carr, now one, arrived on 28th October 2019 at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, at 25 weeks.

He tipped the scales at just 13oz and medics popped him in a sandwich bag to regulate his temperature by mimicking his mother's womb. 

They then put him in an incubator, where he was wrapped him bubble wrap to keep warm.  

The little boy spent five months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Southmead hospital, Bristol, before he was big and strong enough to head home with his parents, Vickie Carr, 29, and Rohan Carr, 32, a customer service advisor. 

Larenz is one of the tiniest babies to be born and survive and doctors were shocked that he had such a strong heart beat when he was born. 

 

Larenz was so small his skin was see-through and you could see his organs when he was born, but he defied all the odds to come home and is now thriving.  

The little boy has no developmental delays - much to the surprise and delight of doctors and his proud parents.  

Mum-of-one Vickie, a driving instructor, from Southmead, Bristol, said: "Larenz looked quite scary when I saw first laid eyes on him. 

"He was so tiny. He was like a little alien with his skin all shiny and see-through.  

"It's incredible that medics saved his life - by popping him in a sandwich bag and bubble wrap to keep him safe and warm.  

"It's just amazing that nothing was wrong with him and he's come home healthy and thriving.  

"He's walking and not delayed at all - it's amazing."  

Vickie's pregnancy was smooth-sailing until doctor's noticed that her baby wasn't growing at a routine 20-week scan in September 2019. 

They kept an eye on the first-time mum and when she returned with a headache at 21 weeks they told her they would have to keep her in and that her baby may need to be born early. 

"They told me they wanted to keep my baby in my tummy for as long as possible," Vickie said.  

"It was terrifying, I had no idea if my little baby boy would make it." 

Vickie managed to hold on until 25 weeks and four days when doctors saw that her placenta was failing and rushed her for an emergency c-section. 

Her husband, Rohan, was there when the couple welcomed a tiny Larenz into the world weighing just 13oz (380g) on 28th October 2019 at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol. 

"I didn't see him before he was whisked away, but Rohan got a glimpse and saw how tiny he was," Vickie said.  

"When I went down to the neonatal intensive care unit a few hours later I was so shocked at how small he was. 

"He was the same size as my hand and so transparent. 

"He looked all shiny, like he was covered in oil." 

Miraculously, Larenz responded well and just had to stay in hospital while he grew stronger and could breathe independently. 

He was transferred to Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where he spent five months before he came home in March 2020, weighing 5lbs, and without any oxygen support.

"He's just amazing," Vickie said.  

"He's now 20lbs and walking. 

"He's so determined. 

"People always here how small he was when he was born and can't believe how incredible he is. 

"He's just a normal baby that you would have never known was premature. 

"He's such a fighter." 

 

Rohan said: "When I first saw Lorenz I was so scared and worried about what the outcome would be.

"I'd never seen a baby so small.

"We were just so happy he was alive and to see how he thrives now is amazing.

"He's our little miracle."

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