Baby Grace Petro a baby born before time in May, weighing only 500g and a classified as a miscarriage. It came with great pleasure and the doctors hard work that she mysteriously survived after staying under close supervision in hospital for 116 days.
Jacqueline Petro Grace’s mother said, “ I initially said goodbye to Grace after birth as she was classified as a miscarriage being so early and not breathing directly after birth”
The spirit of dedicated health practitioners at George Hospital in the Western Cape, gave it their best to save the 500g conqueror’s life. Even in difficult times of battling with a deadly pandemic.
Petro had little hope in her because just seven days after baby Grace was born the doctors told her that her baby’s chances of surviving were very slim, less than 20%.
Baby Grace’s mother said, “All I could do was cry. I was in total shock.”
“I told the doctor to give me my baby and I put her on my chest and told the Lord that if He wants to take her, He needs to do it now, because He won’t have this chance again tomorrow,” she added.
Fortunately, baby Grace survived and she was discharged on Saturday after a whole four months in hospital. This four months has been a difficult time for her mom. She broke her leg in July and had to be operated.
Petro said, “this year has been tough, but I am grateful for all the good that has happened.
Dr. Ilse Els, Head of the neonatal ICU at George Hospital said, “her road ahead is long, we will continue to walk the road with her with follow up appointments at our high risk clinic and with the help of our occupation therapy team, led by Desiree van Der Vyver. We Salute you little one. You fighting spirit kept us fighting through the difficult Covid-19 times”, said Els .
Grace’s home arrival is much anticipated by her family and her brother who is nine years old. “There are so many people who can’t wait for Grace to come home”, said Petro