Tiny premature baby saved after doctors put her in a sandwich bag

A premature baby born three months early was saved by some quick-thinking medics.

Orla-May Rospo-Hughes was smaller than her mum’s hand when she arrived on 28 January, weighing just 490g.

Doctors saved the baby’s life by placing her in a sandwich bag shortly after birth, to help regulate her body temperature.

Parents Emily Rospo and Samantha Hughes were warned Orla-May may not survive – a devastating blow for the couple, who had been trying for three years to have a baby.


The pair were shocked when Emily had to undergo an emergency C-section at just 27 weeks, after being diagnosed with placenta insufficiency.

Following the delivery, Orla-May was put into a plastic sandwich bag to keep her warm while she was taken away to the resuscitation room.

Emily said: ‘I was told that the sandwich bag was to keep her temperature up. I had never heard of it before.

‘Seeing her in there like that was scary – she was tiny.’

Samantha added: ‘They asked me to cut the cord and I got to see our beautiful baby for the first time; I’ve never seen anything so tiny and fragile.’

But, just a few weeks on, and the little one appears to be making good progress.

Emily said: ‘We take each day as it comes – she has managed to put a little bit of weight on so we’re just trying to stay positive.’

The couple haven’t yet been able to hold their daughter as she remains in an incubator, but they are still allowed to touch her and be near 24/7.

Samantha added: ‘I know we have a long road ahead but I pray everyday that Orla-May will grow to be big and strong.’

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