Miracle baby Harleigh Hughes continues to defy odds

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Happy family: Harleigh Hughes will remain in Westmead Children’s Hospital for a few weeks. Her older brother Braxton, 2, is slowly getting used to his new sibling with the help of a doll he named “Harleigh”. Her father Craig was forced to deliver her on the side of the M4 when Allyson went into labour. Picture: Natalie RobertsLike the Macarthur Advertiser on FacebookShe is not yet a week old but baby Harleigh Hughes has already racked up a lot of experience at defying the odds.

Harleigh was born in the family car, parked in the emergency lane of the M4 at Eastern Creek last Wednesday morning.

She made her father Craig Hughes, 21, help her mother Allyson Lock, 20, through a birth that not even doctors were confident enough to oversee.

Harleigh Hughes, who was delivered by her father in the emergency lane of the M4 at Eastern Creek on Wednesday, has been moved to Westmead Children’s Hospital’s High Dependency Unit well before doctors thought she would be ready to leave the Intensive Care Unit.

The Glenfield couple, who already have a two-year-old son named Braxton, always knew it was going to be a tough birth.

Harleigh was diagnosed with Spina Bifida when she was at 19 weeks gestation and Ms Lock’s obstetrician had advised against a natural birth because of the significant chance the baby would not survive.

Harleigh was also in the breech position.

Ms Lock had been scheduled for a Caesarean delivery at Westmead Children’s Hospital at noon on Wednesday but woke at 4am that day with labour pains.

“The pains weren’t that bad so I wasn’t too worried, I managed to get back to sleep and left it till 6am to call the hospital,” Ms Lock said.

“We had to stop for petrol on the Camden Valley Way and I was pacing up and down. I saw Craig had put $20-worth in and I just said ‘we need to go now’.”

Harleigh, who has Spina Bifida, was operated on to remove a ‘spinal sac’ of fluid that was attached to her back and made the natural birth all the more difficult.

But just 10 kilometres from the hospital, Harleigh could not wait any longer and Mr Hughes had to deliver his daughter with the guidance of an ambulance officer over the phone.

Like many babies born with Spina Bifida, Harleigh had a fluid-filled sac attached to her back.

“All I was thinking was ‘get to the hospital’ but that wasn’t going to happen,” Mr Hughes said.

“The ambulance officer was trying to talk me through what was going on, and I was telling her that the head was coming out but it was really the [fluid sac]. I think I confused her.”

Harleigh was later taken to hospital and underwent surgery.

Doctors predicted she would spend at least a week in intensive care but she proved them wrong again and was moved to the High Dependency Unit after just three days.

“Craig calls her ‘Tank’ because the other babies in the Intensive Care Unit are all so tiny and she’s just this big three kilogram baby,” Ms Lock said.

“She is just amazing.”

Ms Lock said her daughter should be discharged from hospital in a fortnight.

But considering Harleigh’s current track record of doing things slightly ahead of schedule, don’t be surprised if she’s back in Glenfield a little quicker.

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