In early February 2020, 43-year-old Jemma Austin went for a walk with her dog. She was 22 weeks pregnant and feeling fine. However, even though the woman didn't have the slightest symptoms, she suddenly realized something was wrong and she needed to see a doctor right away. She took her dog home and rushed to the hospital. There the mother-to-be discovered that her cervix was 8 mm open. If she hadn't followed her gut feeling, things could have gone bad for her son.
According to Jemma, she was very cautious because all her previous pregnancies ended with miscarriages. In 2016, she lost her baby at 23 weeks due to the cervical infection. Since then, Jemma has had two miscarriages. Eventually the woman and her partner Paul turned to IVF. After two cycles of unsuccessful IVF, Jemma was able to get pregnant with a donor egg.
When Jemma arrived at the hospital with an open cervix, she was stitched up to delay labor. She stayed in bed at hospital for another two weeks, but at 24 weeks she went into labor. On February 19, 2020, she gave birth to her son Axel, weighing only 650 grams.
The baby fought courageously for his life. He had sepsis, necrotizing enderocolitis, seizures, learned to breathe on his own, and fortunately was discharged home on June 5, 2020.
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