Doctors kept a British premature baby alive after his mother went into a silent labor by sticking him into a sandwich bag.
“Straight after being born Isaac was put into a plastic bag and the doctors said the idea behind that was to regulate his body temperature,” explains baby Isaac’s mother, 32-year-old Jennifer Derwent, the Daily Mail reports.
“It was quite shocking to give birth and then for the first thing to happen is they put your baby in a sandwich bag,” she continued. “We do have a picture of him in it, which I am sure we can all laugh about when he gets older. But it kept him warm and helped him get better.”
Jennifer, a psychology teacher, unexpectedly went into labor while shopping with her husband, Jonathan - a structural and civil engineer - at only 30 weeks, reports the Daily Express.
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“Giving birth at 30 weeks is far from ideal but we are very fortunate to have been at Derriford Hospital which is a [center] of excellence,” she said. “We can't fault the care we received - the hospital were fantastic with us. I was so relieved when I heard him cry - it was an amazing moment.”
While she did not initially make much of her stomach pains, her husband reportedly had a premonition he was about to deliver the child. He subsequently rushed her to the hospital.
Jennifer says she then experienced a relatively painless birth.
“When I was in hospital I felt really embarrassed because I couldn't feel anything, but the nurses were concerned as they knew he would be born any minute. The most painful thing was not being able to hold my son,” she said.
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Indeed, doctors almost immediately put the baby in a sandwich bag upon discovering his unusual body temperature given his weight of only 3 pounds and 11 ounces.
He was moved into a special care unit where he stayed for five weeks. Isaac is now five and a half months.
The couple, however, explains this is not the first time they’ve had an unusual pregnancy.
In 2013, Jennifer delivered a baby girl at home in a relatively short amount of time - 40 minutes. By the time the paramedics arrived, the healthy child had already entered the world.