BBC2’s Hospital saves critically ill premature baby born in a toilet

Tiny Amaya's story had viewers in tears

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A baby born 16 weeks prematurely in a toilet broke viewers’ hearts on BBC2’s Hospital as she faced a desperate new battle for life after contracting pneumonia.

Amaya, who weighed less than three-quarters of a bag of sugar at birth and has chronic lung disease, was rushed back to intensive care aged 22 months with the infection but then suffered a cardiac arrest.

It left her prospects of survival bleak as her anguished parents looked on while medics faced a race against time to resuscitate her.

Mel with daughter Amaya (Credit: BBC)

But the brave little girl beat the odds and pulled through, leaving the audience in tears.

Her mum Mel tweeted after last night’s episode: “That was hard to watch, even with Amaya happily asleep next to us.”

On the programme, Mel said of Amaya’s premature birth: “It all started with me having pain. I started to bleed.

“I had been put on the ward, I’d gone to the bathroom and thought I was passing a blood clot but it wasn’t. It was her.

“I caught her, opened the door and hit the emergency button. She was the size of my hand. She weighed 735 grams but perfectly formed.”

Tiny Amaya was born weighing just 735g (Credit: BBC)

After the mum-of-two’s youngest daughter was rushed back to hospital with pneumonia, Mel said: “We’re used to rollercoasters with Amaya but today is probably the biggest rollercoaster.”

Just a few days later, the toddler’s condition deteriorated and she suffered a cardiac arrest, leaving Mel “terrified” as she prepared for the worst.

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“I’m mentally shattered and the stress is very high, but at the same time you have to keep going,” she said.

“It’s a case of every minute counts, then every hour counts, and we don’t know which way this will go.”

Mum Mel at her girl’s bedside (Credit: BBC)

Dr Patrick Davies said: “I’m very worried. We saw this morning how desperately fragile and unstable she is.

“Having a cardiac arrest because of flipping from your front to your back, that’s pretty extreme.”

Incredibly, Amaya recovered, and when she was ready to go home, Dr Davies said: “I know she won’t win Olympic gold at marathon but then nor have I.

“As she grows up, hopefully her lungs will catch up with her, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

“She was desperately sick, absolutely on the limits of what’s possible. Now it’s fantastic.”

Dr Patrick Davies was in charge of Amaya’s care (Credit: BBC/Label1/Ryan McNamara)

Last night’s episode also featured four-year-old Esme who recovered from life-threatening sepsis after being placed in an induced coma. Viewers shared their joy on Twitter.

Amaya is now all smiles (Credit: BBC)

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An on-screen update said: “Amaya is doing well and has had no further stays in hospital.”

* Hospital continues on BBC2 at 9pm next Tuesday.

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