A premature baby who was born the size of a bag of sugar and kept alive in a sandwich bag has defied the odds of starting elementary school.
Darcey Clegg, now four years old, weighed just 1 pound 5 oz when she was born in September 2016 through an emergency C-section, three months earlier.
The little girl had to fight for her life in the neonatal unit at Royal Oldham Hospital, Greater Manchester, until she miraculously returned home on December 30 after 64 days in the hospital.
Now, through it all, she’s getting ready to start school in September, and her mom, Gill Glegg, 50, couldn’t be more proud.
Gill, who works as a caregiver, said: “Darcey is amazing. It was so small in that sandwich bag that I didn’t know if it would.
“It is very emotional to see her start school. We have your uniform and everything is ready. “
Gill’s pregnancy went from strength to strength until a scan at 28 weeks revealed that her baby was not getting enough blood and there was a placental abnormality. She was immediately rushed to the Royal Oldham Hospital for an emergency operation.
“It was terrifying,” Gill said. “I didn’t have much hope that he would make it. But she came out crying. “
Darcey was rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit to help her survive the crucial first few months. He battled blood transfusions and had to gather strength before he could get home in time for New Year’s Eve.
“She was the best gift,” Gill said.
Since then, Darcey has defied the odds of being a normal, healthy girl. “He started walking a little late, but it was an amazing moment,” Gill said. “She is a dream.”
As for Darcey, she can’t wait to go to school and says, “I can’t wait to go play with a lot of other kids.”
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