Mother donates 495 liters of her own milk to hospital
Maternal love is something inexplicable, which can even turn pain into happiness for other people. Demi Frandsen, a 28-year-old American, gave birth at seven months of gestation, but her baby, Leo, weighing only 900 grams, could not resist gastroschisis. The rare condition causes a congenital malformation that leaves the baby with a small opening in the belly, exposing part of the intestine.
Such a condition meant that the baby could consume very little milk and, as she was able to pump it, the consultant of lactation Tammi L. Martin suggested that Demi make the donation to the Children's Hospital of Omaha, Nebraska.
Demi spent three hours of her days to pump the milk. "I would warm a bag of rice to simulate the baby's warmth and leave it close to my breast as I looked at Leo's photos to stimulate milk production," her mother said. She also hoped that one day that milk would also feed her son.
After 10 months of life, Leo passed away, but Demi continued to draw her milk. "If they needed my milk for their children, I felt honored to be able to contribute to those little babies," she told the British newspaper The Sun. a total of 495 liters for other mothers, the largest volume the hospital has ever received from a single donor.
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