Newborn baby Molly Bamborough defied doctors’ odds after she was given just a 10 percent chance of survival.
Molly was born with a hole in her diaphragm. When Molly was 3 days old, her mother Elisha Bamborough from Gateshead, England, was told to prepare for the worst.
After five surgeries and 14 days on a ventilator, Molly pulled through and got to go home for the first time.
“This experience has taught me to never give up hope,” Elisha said. “Molly fought against everything that was thrown at her and I feel like my little girl has shown me that anything is possible.”
Doctors first discovered that Molly’s lungs weren’t growing properly when they did a 21-week pregnancy scan on Elisha. At that point, Molly was given a 50 percent chance of survival. After Molly was born, doctors performed surgery on the newborn to fix the hole.
At just 3 days old, Molly was put on life support — that’s when her chance of survival dropped to 10 percent. In a final attempt to save Molly’s life, she was transferred from Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary to the city's Freeman Hospital. At that point, doctors asked Elisha if she wanted to continue treatment.
“It wasn’t without risks but it was the only option we had left to try and keep her alive,” Elisha said. “So Molly was rushed in an ambulance to the Freeman where she was put on the ECMO and received further treatment but we were distraught with the doctors’ prognosis.”
Despite the odds, Elisha demanded that Molly continue on life support. Elisha and her mother Michala Kennedy were able to stay by Molly’s side thanks to The Sick Children’s Trust.
Molly was later transferred to the RVI where she was fitted with a shunt to drain the fluid from her stomach. When doctors noticed that she was acting differently and that her head had become swollen, she immediately had surgery because the shunt had been blocked.
Two weeks later, Molly was finally able to go home.
While Molly is sometimes in and out of the hospital, Elisha thinks the worst is behind them.