Baby Leighton was a little 760 grams when he was born in 2018. Doctors called it "unacceptable," and even asked his parents whether they should try to resuscitate if things go south.
"They constantly asked," Are you sure? Are you sure? "Said mother Brian Wein about the 7th News. "They told me they could go with long-term problems."
Leighton survived. He was sealed in a plastic bag filled with oxygen that helped him develop his weak lungs.
"I was terrified," Bree said. "I felt like touching him just to break it. He was so small and so fragile."
Baby baby was born 17 weeks too early. Photo: 7 news
"Technology imitates the womb"
The use of plastic bags for the incubation of premature babies is not new technology. The researchers tested it on lambs from 2017.
With lambs, the bags are filled with amniotic fluid and are associated with an artificial placenta. The device replaces the uterus for the premature animals.
Babies born at 23 weeks are usually placed in an incubator and placed by fans to help them breathe. According to the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, this can damage their lung development.
"The challenging age that we are trying to compensate for is that the 23- to 24-week-old baby, who faces such a challenge to adapt to life outside the uterus of dry, breathing air when they do not need to be there, says the researcher Dr. Emily Partridge BBC.
In Australia, about 68 babies are born prematurely every day. Those born with a 23-week gestation have a chance of survival of 20 to 30 per cent.
Leighton is now healthy for eight months. Photo: 7 news
"He is a miracle and a half"
Now a healthy eight-month-old baby, Leighton is one of the youngest premieres to survive in Washington.
"He's a miracle and a half," said his proud mother. "Even doctors say they break all the chances."