She’s not a foetus, she’s a fully-formed human being

MailOnline 11 September 2014
A mother has released the first photograph of the moment her premature daughter was born, hours before she passed away too small to survive.

Emily Caines and her husband Alastair want to raise awareness of the issues surrounding neonatal death, after losing tiny Adelaide when she was just hours old.

She was delivered at 24 weeks but was too small to survive.

The couple’s treasured image of their daughter shows doctors bringing her into the world.

The current law allows babies to be terminated up to 24 weeks gestation – the point at which Adelaide was born.

Mrs Caines, 35, from Yeovil in Somerset, said: ‘Our picture shows Adelaide was not a foetus, she was a fully formed human being and to think that a baby like her could be legally terminated is to me horrifying.

‘Our hospital was amazing and did all they could but Adelaide suffered complications which made it impossible for her to survive but many babies born at 24 weeks do live.

‘That makes a mockery of the 24 week legal limit.’

‘Our daughter may not have lived long but she was still our daughter and we love to talk about her and celebrate her life.


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