One Of The Smallest Baby Ever Born In The UK Survives Her First Cuddle With Her Father

In this touching scene, one of the tiniest babies in the UK makes it through her father’s first embrace.

Tiny Macey Micklethwaite, from Worcester, was barely bigger than her dad’s hand when she was 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 weighing just 551g.  What makes her survival even more miraculous is that her dad Rhys, had been in a  ʜᴏʀʀɪFɪᴄ motorbike ᴄʀᴀsʜ just weeks before – and had cheated ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ by a second.

So when mum Karen Dawkins, 33, discovered she was 18 weeks pregnant, the couple was thrilled. But just over a month later, Karen went into ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ labor – and medics warned the couple it was unlikely their new daughter would survive.

‘When she was 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 she was the size of my hand.  I look back at photos and think how un-𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦-like she looks, but at the time I thought ”wow, what a 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦.

She ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇᴅ through so much. I feel so lucky to have her and that time was my 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡day the day after I had her, and the 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡 was a joyous occasion. I would say it was the best day of my life”. Mom said

She was five months old before she was finally allowed to go home. When she was eight-months-old, she weighed 8.5lbs – just over the average weight of a full-term new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧. She is just a normal 𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑦. She is small but catching others up. Health and development wise she is on track.

‘It’s amazing how much she has ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇᴅ through.’

The family was supported by the charity Cots for Tots, which raises funds for ʟɪFe-sᴀᴠɪɴɢ equipment for ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ infants and provides free accommodation to parents and siblings of babies at St Michael’s. She’s now fundraising for them as she is so thankful for the help she received.

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