When first-time mom-to-be, Victoria Bradley, found out she was expecting, she was over the moon. She had been praying for a child for many years and she finally felt as though her prayers were being answered. She welcomed pregnancy with joy and excitement. Her first trimester was normal; she experienced all the common symptoms of pregnancy and her ultrasounds showed no signs of concern. However, only 24 weeks into pregnancy, she knew something was not right.
Things changed for Victoria and her baby as the second trimester began to creep up. In fact, just days into her second trimester, Victoria found herself in the labor and delivery unit. Terrified, she felt her body showing signs of labor and she knew that she would have to deliver.
But she was so scared; if she did, in fact, give birth during that stage of pregnancy, she would be delivering her baby just two days after the legal abortion limit (24 weeks is just barely past the U.K. abortion period) and that thought nearly sent her into shock. However, even in the in the shock and the labor, she still had a peace of mind that her life and her baby’s life would be okay. Nurses and doctors, however, were not optimistic about her life.
A true miracle happened when, at just 24-weeks, sweet baby Francesca was born. At under two pounds, it took the nurses over 11 minutes to get the baby girl to take her first regular breaths. Immediately, she was taken into the ICU where no one expected her to live. Francesca’s hands were just barely big enough to cover her mom’s fingertips, and her footprints shocked the world when they were shown alongside pennies. To see a baby so small was mind-blowing.
Day by day, though, Baby Francesca shocked the hospital staff and everyone who heard her story. Victoria was so grateful to the staff and God for her healthy baby. Franscesa had the odds stacked against her but remained easy to work with and joyful; at less than 27 weeks old, she fought off meningitis, collapsed lungs, and kidney failures. Before she was 30 weeks old, she’d had 15 blood transfusions and laser eye surgery. Truly, she was defying those odds!
The true miracle came when it was time for Francesca's one-year appointment. When doctors saw her, they were stunned! She was thriving and free of all medical assistance (something that they assured her mother would never happen). Francesca astounded the hospital staff with her strength and now, doctors even claim that a miracle other than science had to have taken place.
To see the incredible story of Francesca's life, check out the video, below. Truly, this is a miracle. We are so grateful for the doctors and nurses who sacrificed so much to carry Baby Francesca through the first few days of her life.