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‘Miracle’ baby girl born 2 weeks before UK abortion limit arrives home

A premature baby girl, born at just 22 weeks, has defied the odds, arriving home after four months in NICU, in what has been described as a “miracle”.

Baby Leilani, born in Richmond in the United States, weighed just one pound when she was born – equivalent to the weight of a football. Her chance of survival hung in the balance when her mother, Shantel Allmon, was rushed to hospital when her water broke just 22 weeks into her pregnancy with Leilani.

Recalling the terrifying moment, Shantel said: “I honestly thought I had a miscarriage in my bathroom, so I’m crying hysterically; I start to panic.”

She added: “It was the scariest moment of my life, honestly. I didn’t even think there was a chance for her at 22 weeks.”

One of the dedicated medical staff who cared for Leilani at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Dr Joseph Khoury, said: “It is very tough. There are a lot of unknowns when babies are born so prematurely. They have a lot of risk factors. Their survival isn’t guaranteed.”

Dr Khoury is one of the many dedicated medical staff who cared for Leilani during her four-month stay in the NICU. Leilani needed several procedures during her four months spent in NICU, and was also placed on a ventilator as she bravely fought for life. 

Leilani hung on, however, and has been hailed as a ‘miracle’ baby. “We’re blessed,” her besotted mother says. 

Dr Khoury says that Leilani’s incredible will to live and fight for life is something that must be shared: “She’s amazing. She’s a miracle, and we really have to tell people.”

The staff at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU are all delighted with the little girl’s progress. Dr Khoury added: “She’s acting like a full-term baby, just feeding, not requiring any kind of support at all when she went home.”

Leilani’s mother is “so thankful” and speaks highly of the care Leilani received: “The whole time I was in there, the doctors and nurses were awesome. Her nurse, Morgan, would call me every other day, send pictures over to me.”

WATCH: She was born at just 22 weeks. Now she’s home with her family:

Leilani’s moving story of survival has thrown spotlight onto permissive abortion practises – with the precious baby being born just two weeks before the UK’s abortion limit, which sits at 24 weeks, despite repeated calls to lower the limit. Conservative MP Maria Caulfield is one UK politician who has called for a debate on reducing the 24-week time limit for women to receive legal abortions.

Abortion in the U.S. state of Virginia – where Leilani was born — is legal up to the 25th week of pregnancy, whilst in some U.S. states, abortion can be performed under a range of grounds with no time limit.

It comes as Irish abortion provider The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) claimed earlier this month that Ireland’s liberal laws on abortion – which permit abortion up to 12 weeks – do not go far enough. The organisation argued that abortion up to birth should now be allowed. The IFPA is affiliated with the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Chief executive of the IFPA, Niall Behan, claimed that the law on abortion in Ireland is “flawed” and in need of ‘review and reform’. Behan added: “There’s a number of areas that need changed. The most urgent and the most important for us right at the moment is the 12-week limit”.

Behan also criticised the mandatory three-day reflection period, which gives women “time to think over the decision” after requesting an abortion. 

However, pro-life groups point out that since Ireland’s repeal of the eighth amendment in 2018, 13,243 abortions have taken place – with another year of abortion statistics yet to be released. They also argue that the 3 day period of reflection saves lives, and reduces the number of abortions. 

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, Westminster’s imposition of a ‘radical’ abortion law in March 2020 angered many Northern politicians. The enforced legislation means that Northern Ireland now has the most liberal abortion law in the UK; abortion is allowed up to 12 weeks for any reason, and up to 24 weeks for most reasons.

In the North, unborn children with conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft palate and club foot can be aborted after the 24-week limit.

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