Alberton baby born at 25 weeks weighs little more than a block of butter ? but she's a fighter

By Hilda Van Dyk
14 April 2016

Tiny Hayley Meyer is “very tired and weak” but hasn’t stopped fighting for a moment.

“I’m praying that You will allow her body just a little bit of air today, just enough so she can fight another day,” her mom Nicole prayed this morning.

Hayley is 10 days old today and each day so far has been a struggle for survival.

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Hayley was born at 25 weeks, weighing just 650 g. In her first week her weight dropped by 100 g, stabilising at 550 g – just bigger than a block of butter.

In South Africa a foetus under 26 weeks old isn’t legally recognised as a person, YOU reported in 2012, when the country’s previously smallest baby, Allegra Lategan, celebrated her first birthday. Allegra was born at 22 weeks. Today’s she’s an active four-and-a half-year-old – despite having hearing and speech problems.

Hayley and her dad, Pieter. Hayley and her dad, Pieter.

But for Hayley’s parents, Pieter and Nicole, there’s still a long road ahead.

On her Facebook page, A Test of Faith, Nicole wrote that she’s shattered.

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“Her sugar and blood pressure levels are high and she’s not absorbing her foodies,” she wrote.

This morning she added: “Her kidneys and digestion must start working as soon as possible.”

They hadn’t realised that Nicole had already started going into labour on the Friday before she gave birth. They hadn’t realised that Nicole had already started going into labour on the Friday before she gave birth.

Pieter and Nicole had expected Hayley to arrive only on 14 July. Pieter told Maroela Media due to complications Nicole’s water started breaking two weeks for the baby’s birth.

They hadn’t realised that Nicole had already started going into labour on the Friday before she gave birth.

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On the Monday Nicole was in so much pain that they rushed to their gynaecologist, who said an emergency Caesarean was needed because the baby had already turned and was ready to be born. But her heart was weak. At 7 pm that evening Hayley was born in Clinton Hospital in Alberton.

"She’s hasn’t given up yet, and we shouldn’t give up," Nicole says. "She’s hasn’t given up yet, and we shouldn’t give up," Nicole says.

Throughout all their ups and downs since the birth of their first child, each of Nicole and Pieter’s posts have included a prayer.

“Please don’t lose hope and pray with us. She’s hasn’t given up yet, and we shouldn’t give up. She’s still alive and our King is with her,” Nicole implores readers in one of the posts.

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