A mum has spoken of her pride at her baby girl who survived after being born weighing less than a loaf of bread.
Lauren Ormston, 27, was told tiny Isla – who entered the world at 23 weeks – had only a 10% chance of pulling through.
Isla was diagnosed with a level two bleed on the brain and a hole in the heart. Now 10lb 8oz, she was finally discharged after five months fighting for life in hospital.
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Lauren said: “It was a rollercoaster. I’m over the moon that Isla is home and happy.”
She went on: “I was given the all-clear on my 20-week scan, so you can imagine my surprise when I was giving birth three weeks later.
“When I started getting terrible stomach pains. I knew something was wrong.”
Lauren went to hospital and medics informed her she was in labour. She was transferred to a specialist unit and gave birth within two hours.
She said: “It was terrifying. We had just found out the baby would be a girl, and now we’re meeting her… very early.”
Isla was unable to breathe without assistance and Lauren said: “I lived each day, never knowing if she would make it.
“After six weeks, she came off the ventilator but needed an oxygen mask. We had our first cuddle, and her little hand was barely the size of the tip of my husband’s pinky finger.”
Lauren, from Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, added: “To see her now is like a miracle.”
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