Using a method trialled on premature lambs, a baby born at 23 weeks was kept alive in a plastic bag.

Born 17 weeks premature, baby Leighton was kept alive in a plastic bag filled with oxygen.  He was considered potentially “unviable” by doctors because he was so early, and doctors asked his parents if they should attempt to resuscitate him. Now, Leighton is 8 months old and thriving.

The new neonatal technology is being developed and researched at the University of Western Australia, by filling the life-saving bag with amniotic fluid and attaching it to an artificial placenta, so they can replicate a womb to save premature lambs.

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