I don’t often talk about how close of a thing it was – that Gabriel was born on the margin, and the wrong side of the margin.
750g was what our hospital called the tipping point. The point at which a baby born had a good chance of a meaningful life.
Gabriel was 520 grams at birth.
1/2 a pound.
A hair’s breadth and a heartbeat too small. A tiny gap, and a gap that is miles wide and kilometres deep.
20 years ago a baby born at 32 weeks was a dicey thing.
10 years ago a baby born at 28 weeks was a dicey thing.
10 years from now, perhaps we will have a cure for pre-eclampsia, and perhaps we will be able to handle a baby with a gestational age of 23 weeks – when our Gabe stopped growing.
Jen is trying to help.
If you can, could you help her, help our babies, well that would be great.