A resident of Manchester, Shanis, became pregnant at the age of 16. The surrounding advised her to have an abortion, claimed that the baby would destroy her life. But the girl decided not to have an abortion. This was supported by her father - he also raised his daughter alone.
Shanis hoped to celebrate her 17th birthday in a quiet cozy atmosphere, watching movies, but she was waiting for a surprise. The girl went into labor, and she went to the hospital, where she gave birth to a daughter 10 weeks ahead of time.
The baby, Macy-Jane, was absolutely tiny: weighed only 910 grams. She was wrapped in a plastic bag to regulate body temperature. The child was weak, she was found to have trouble breathing. But when Shanis first saw her daughter, she could not believe that it was her baby.
She knew that they would cope with everything.
The first 7 weeks were the most difficult. The girl was on the verge of death but eventually went on the mend. When she gained weight (2 kg), she and Shanis were discharged from the hospital.
The single mother confesses that she would not want to trade motherhood for nightclubs. Of course, it is not easy for her to take care of a small child, she sometimes does not sleep for days, but the girl is full of strength and energy. She is young, and this plays into her hands.
Macy-Jane was often sick and up to 1 year she and her mother used to visit the hospital all the time. But now the child is stronger, and her mother can return to the medical college. Shanis wants to become a nurse. The girl was inspired by the hospital staff who saved her baby.
She wants to be like them, to help mothers and their children.
Shanis is glad that she did not listen to friends and
acquaintances who claimed that her life would be over because of her child. She
is as happy as ever and wants her daughter to be proud of her. Shanis is
convinced that the child is the best gift that life gave her.