Realising that neither blankets nor an incubator could keep the baby warm, doctors recreated the mother’s womb using a sandwich bag and bubble wrap
Larenz Carr was just 13oz when he was born 15 weeks premature. His parents distinctly remember seeing his organs right through the skin on his tiny body. He was so vulnerable to the cold that doctors at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol were trying everything they could to keep him warm. After realising that neither blankets nor an incubator would work, they recreated his mother’s womb using a sandwich bag and some bubble wrap, reported Mirror.
The parents, Vickie and Rohan Carr, were told that thanks to the bubble wrap, he is happy and healthy with no developmental delays. Vickie, a 29-year-old driving instructor, recalled the moment and said, “Larenz looked quite scary when I first laid eyes on him. “He was like a little alien with his skin all shiny and see-through. It’s incredible that medics saved him by popping him in a sandwich bag and bubble wrap to keep him warm.” She explained that her pregnancy was smooth sailing until doctors noticed her baby wasn’t growing at a routine 20-week scan. Vickie returned to see the medics barely a week later after suffering a terrible headache. She was warned once again that her baby may need to be born early. “They told me they wanted to keep my baby in my tummy for as long as possible. It was terrifying. I had no idea if my baby would make it," she said, according to the Mirror.
According to the outlet, Vickie held on for 25 weeks and four days until doctors noted that her placenta was failing/ She was rushed for an emergency C-section and her baby was immediately taken to the neonatal unit. Rohan, a 32-year-old customer services adviser, recalled, “I had never seen anything so small in my life. It was traumatic.” Vickie added, "He was the same size as my hand and so transparent. He looked shiny, like he was covered in oil. [Then] seeing him in the bubble wrap – I had never seen anything like it.” Miraculously, Larenz responded well.
Larenz had to be kept in the ICU for few months and he was then transferred to the city’s Southmead Hospital. He was soon ready to go home, without oxygen support. “We got home the same week that the first lockdown was announced. It was scary. He could have still been in hospital and just one of us would have been able to see him," Vickie recalled.
The boy, now 19 months old and 20lbs, is 'right on right on track', according to his doctors, reported Mirror. He has even started nursery. “He’s just amazing. He’s walking and he’s so determined. People hear how small a newborn he was and can’t believe how incredible he is," the mother said. "To see how he thrives now is amazing. He’s our little miracle," the father added.