Baby girl born premature at just 25 weeks weighing less than one pound wins her amazing battle to survive

The mother of a premature baby who was told she had to prepare for the worst during the pregnancy has spoken of her daughter’s against-the-odds battle to survive.

Poppy Wicks weighed just 12.7oz when she was born, so small when her legs and arms were curled up she could easily fit in the palm of a hand.

Hannah Wicks and partner Steve McSween, both 31 from Bristol, were told Poppy’s chances of survival throughout the pregnancy were slim.

Tiny newborn Poppy Wicks pictured on the maternity ward at Southmead hospital in Bristol.

Tiny newborn Poppy Wicks pictured on the maternity ward at Southmead hospital in Bristol.

Just 18 weeks into doctors warned the baby would be dead on the next scan as there had been no signs of growth.

Hannah had even bought a tiny rabbit toy so her precious little one would not be alone in her coffin.

The couple had tried to explain to Oliver, Hannah’s five-year-old son from a past relationship, that he might never meet her.

Despite the dire forecasts from experts Poppy was born on March 9, just a week past the abortion limit, and is back home.

Hannah told the Mirror: ‘Poppy really is our miracle baby – she’s just fought and fought and fought against all the odds.

‘But she’s made it….

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