A mother posted a heart-breaking photograph of her daughter on Facebook minutes after she was born, to raise awareness about Gastroschisis – a birth defect of the abdominal wall.
Chloe Walters gave birth to Ava-Rose Nightingale, who was born with her intestines spilling out of her little body.
The child was wrapped in cling film in order to protect her from infections and keep her warm.
As Chloe explained in her Facebook post, at her 16 week private scan she was told that her baby had gastroschisis. After regular appointments and check ups, she was told there was a chance of her going into labour anytime from 32 weeks as this was common with babies with this defect. Also, the chances of delivering a stillborn became higher at 39 weeks 4 days.
Ava-Rose went through a life-saving, three-hour-long surgical procedure an hour after she was born.
She was given oxygen and her hair was shaved so that she could be fed intravenously through the head.
She came home after spending 7 weeks in the hospital.