Australian scientists are calling the birth and survival of a Greek-Australian infant who was born prematurely at 395gr as a “scientific miracle.” He is one of the smallest infants ever to be born and survive in Victoria.
The case of baby John Metaxiotis became a headline at the “Herald Sun.” John was born at 26 weeks, weighing 395g – no heavier than a can of Coke — and just the length of a ballpoint pen.
“From the first scans we saw, we thought we weren’t going to be able to salvage a baby out of this situation. There is so much more growth and maturation to do,” Professor Walker said..
The infant was born through IVF. The baby’s mother, Paula, went through 15 failed IVF attempts and three miscarriages in the past. The 16th attempt was the last one, bringing little John into the world.
“He looked as small as a newborn kitten. It felt like you were holding nothing. We were petrified” Mrs Metaxiotis said.
This week baby John went home to his happy parents, Kostas and Paula.
“He has proved everyone wrong. We now just wish for him to have a happy and healthy life,” Mrs Metaxiotis said.