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Premature St Helens baby was not expected to live
10:13am Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
THIS “brave little battler” has amazed doctors with her remarkable recovery after being born three months prematurely.
Natalie Ford said she feared for the worst when doctors told her that there was a problem with her baby Sophia and would have to be delivered 12 weeks early.
The 30-year-old from Sutton explained: “Following a routine scan, they discovered something wrong with the placenta, which meant she was effectively starving to death.
“When they sat me down and told me, I screamed out. It was awful; the worst thing ever. I was convinced she wasn’t going to survive.
“They told me not to expect to hear her cry when she was born, because she was too little.
“The next thing I remember was seeing a picture of her, but it was hard to look at it. I was frightened because she was so tiny.“But they said if she survives after 72 hours she had a good chance”
Natalie underwent an emergency C section. She added: “She was smaller than they were hoping; she was only 1lb 4oz and they were looking at around 2lb.
“But she has done amazing and came home three weeks before her due date. Now she’s 4lb 5oz and that’s a good reflection of the care they gave her at the Whiston SCBU unit. They were fantastic.”