Baby Born without Blood: Olivia Norton Survives Severe Anemia
Olivia Norton Survives Severe Newborn Anemia: Born with No Blood
Olivia Norton was born with such a low hemoglobin count that the fluid pumping through her veins could not be considered blood. Normal hemoglobin level is 18; Olivia's was three when she was born to Louise Bearman and Paul Norton at Broomfield Hospital in Essex.
Olivia was six weeks premature, delivered in an emergency C-section in September 2011 after she had stopped moving in her mother's womb days earlier. She weighted 5lbs 5 oz.
A baby born with no blood is not expected to survive, but Olivia Norton did just that. Born "ghostly white", Olivia was given a series of blood transfusions over the following weeks.
Like something out of Being Human, Olivia Norton began to take on color, as well as significance in the medical world. Baby Olivia suffered from an unusually acute case of newborn anemia.
Mother Louise Bearman, 31, a barrister's clerk, told of her shock at giving birth to a "ghost white" baby whose condition was so rare she will now feature in medical text books.
Olivia Norton is now six months old.