Premature baby is so tiny her mother's engagement ring fits around her ARM

  • Tiffany Thomas, from Aberfan, had an early labour due to back pain
  • Baby Alice was born weighing just 1lb 14.5oz and needed CPR
  • She was so tiny that her mother’s engagement ring fitted around her arm 

Parents of a baby girl born three months prematurely had to wait 17 days before they could first hold their newborn.

Tiffany Thomas, who lives in Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, with her partner Matthew Heather, gave birth to daughter Alice after back pain and blood loss sparked an early labour.

Weighing just 1lb 14.5oz, newborn Alice was so tiny that her mother’s engagement ring fitted around her arm, up to her shoulder.

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Tiffany Thomas (left), who lives in Aberfan with her partner Matthew Heather (right), gave birth to daughter Alice after back pain and blood loss sparked an early labour

Tiffany Thomas (left), who lives in Aberfan with her partner Matthew Heather (right), gave birth to daughter Alice after back pain and blood loss sparked an early labour

‘When she was born my partner and I didn’t get to hold her,’ said Tiffany, 27. ‘They stabilised her on the resuscitation table and I sat up on the bed and I could just see them doing CPR on her.

‘After they stabilised her we got to see her but then she was taken to the Royal Gwent hospital in an ambulance.’

Alice had 24-hour care and was attached to a drip and under antibiotics. But at three weeks old she fell drastically ill and her parents were told she had blood poisoning.

Tiffany said: ‘We couldn’t touch her for 17 days. We could get some contact through the holes in the incubator but we couldn’t hug her or hold her properly.

Alice had 24-hour care and was attached to a drip and under antibiotics. But at three weeks old she fell drastically ill and her parents were told she had blood poisoning

Alice had 24-hour care and was attached to a drip and under antibiotics. But at three weeks old she fell drastically ill and her parents were told she had blood poisoning

‘Little by little we could take her out to hold her for up to 10 minutes a day, but sometimes she couldn’t stay out for that long because the temperature would be too cold for her.

‘We used to take it in turns so I would hold her one day and Matthew would hold her the next.’

When she was six weeks old Alice was transferred back to the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr and her daily cuddle time with her parents was increased to a potential half hour on days when she was strong enough.

Weighing just 1lb 14.5oz, the baby was so tiny her mother's engagement ring fitted around her arm, up to her shoulder

Weighing just 1lb 14.5oz, the baby was so tiny her mother’s engagement ring fitted around her arm, up to her shoulder

‘Being told when you can and can’t touch your own child is difficult,’ Tiffany said. ‘We have no pictures of her first day but we know the reason for that was for her own benefit, because she had to be treated.

‘But it was tough not being able to pick up my own baby and give her a cuddle.

‘Alice was tiny and a nurse told me to put my engagement ring on her arm to see how tiny she was.

When she was six weeks old Alice was transferred back to the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr and her daily cuddle time with her parents was increased to a potential half hour on days when she was strong enough

When she was six weeks old Alice was transferred back to the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr and her daily cuddle time with her parents was increased to a potential half hour on days when she was strong enough

‘It fit around her arm all the way up to her shoulder.’ 

Alice left hospital when she was 12 weeks old and weighed 4lb 9oz. 

During her time in hospital she had to have a number of blood transfusions and now that she has made a remarkable recovery Tiffany is organising a sponsored walk to raise money for premature babies charity, Bliss, which helped them as a family.

During her time in hospital she had to have a number of blood transfusions and now that she has made a remarkable recovery

During her time in hospital she had to have a number of blood transfusions and now that she has made a remarkable recovery

‘They gave us so much support,’ Tiffany said. 

‘One of the machines which was a result of their research was used to give Alice blood transfusion. It was through the charity and the support they offered that we managed to get our strength.’

Participants are encouraged to dress up as superheroes for the sponsored walk, held at Cyfarthfa Park on June 24. 

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