Heartbreaking news for 'miracle baby' Lee-Anne

By Jacques Myburgh
03 February 2017

Little fighter Lee-Anne arrived at 25 weeks, weighing just 525g.

'Miracle baby' from the Northern Cape, Lee-Anne Adonis, died at the Mediclinic hospital in Bloemfontein this morning.

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Lee-Anne shocked her parents, Antoinette and John, as well as medical staff with her fighting spirit when she arrived at 25 weeks in an ambulance at Kakamas weighing only 525g. She was airlifted to Bloemfontein.

Doctors apparently could not believe that the tiny tot was surviving without any medical equipment.

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She was also gaining weight, and weighed in at 625g just yesterday. She was being kept in an incubator.

Sister Anneke Esterhuizen, head of the neonatal unit, told YOU that Lee-Anne died of an intestinal infection only three weeks after her birth.

“It’s actually very common among premature babies,” says Anneke.

“When babies get this kind of infection it is almost always fatal.”

“Their intestines can't digest food because their organs are underdeveloped but you also can’t stop feeding them, because then they’d waste away.”

Lee-Anne’s mother would have arrived in Bloemfontein tonight, after travelling by bus from Kakamas, to visit her daughter.

“She is terribly heartbroken,” says Anneke.

“When we called to give her the bad news, she was already in Upington.”

YOU tried to contact Lee-Anne’s mother, Antoinette, but her phone was off.

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