In 2006, Baby P was born in George, one of South Africa’s southern most towns. He was delivered by Caesarian section at 28 weeks and weighed only 1kg.
His mother had had breast surgery and was unable to provide him with breastmilk.
The Sister at the Neonatal Unit recruited 2 mothers in George to express milk for him and when those stocks ran low, iThemba Lethu Breastmilk Bank was contacted and frozen donor milk was couriered to George.
Baby P continued to be fed only donor breastmilk for the first three months. His recovery was remarkable and 2 months later he was discharged from hospital weighing 2.1kg!
He had suffered no setbacks or infections and the weight he had gained exceeded that of average premature babies.
Another month after being discharged from hospital he weighed 2.54kg.