- Alastair MacAlpine stayed up for two nights to keep a premature baby alive
- The baby girl weighed just 450g and other doctors told him he was wasting his time
- The girl survived and is now six years old
A South African doctor has shared how he saved the life of a premature baby who nobody believed stood a chance of surviving.
Writing on Twitter, Cape Town-based Alastair MacAlpine said:
Delivered a 450g baby. Told she was too small - had no chance. She kept stopping breathing so stayed up with her for 2 nights rubbing her chest for every breath. Consultant said I was wasting my time. She just performed her first ballet as a healthy 6y.o. #ShareAStoryInOneTweet
Alastair's story touched the hearts of thousands on Twitter, Briefly.co.za gathered. Over 12,000 tweeps retweeted it and 53,000 more liked it.
In another tweet, Alastair revealed that the baby remained in hospital for six months. His followers praised him for never giving up on the little girl.
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Some of his followers even shared their own experiences about giving birth to premature babies. See some of their reactions below.
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