Preemie Stories: Baby girl born prematurely defies the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday

A baby girl who was born prematurely at 24 weeks weighing just 669 grams has defied the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday.

Rachel Crowther, from Queensland, was given a five per cent chance of survival – and if she did live, she would most likely suffer brain damage or a crippling disability.

Her mother Rhonda, 45, said her newborn daughter was so tiny, her husband Colin, 47, could even slide his wedding ring over her leg.

‘Imagine a 600mL bottle of Coke… that was her,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Rachel was so tiny and skinny, her dad could fit his wedding ring over her leg. Her head was the size of a tennis ball.’

Baby girl Rachel Crowther (pictured in an incubator in 2007) was born prematurely weighing just 669 grams as her mother Rhonda smiles in the background

Baby girl Rachel Crowther (pictured in an incubator in 2007) was born prematurely weighing just 669 grams as her mother Rhonda smiles in the background
The little girl was so tiny, her father Colin, 47, could even slide his wedding ring over her leg

The little girl was so tiny, her father Colin, 47, could even slide his wedding ring over her leg
The adorable schoolgirl, from Queensland, has defied the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday

The adorable schoolgirl, from Queensland, has defied the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday

Little Rachel was born almost 16 weeks early after her mother suffered a placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus.

Luckily, Mrs Crowther was deemed ‘low grade’ after she got herself checked early.

But after Rachel was welcomed into the world on October 14, 2007, the family were told to expect the worst.

‘I was actually really angry. They pretty much told me to let my baby die,’ the mother said.

‘The doctors told us to take lots of photos because there was a good chance that’s all we’ll take home… So we ended up taking 2,500 photos and hours of videos.

‘But my maternal instinct fired up, I knew Rachel would survive. We just told ourselves we would take each day as it comes.’

Happy family: After a whirlwind start, little Rachel has been enjoying her life like any little girl (pictured with her mother Rhonda, father Colin and younger sister Rebekkah)

Happy family: After a whirlwind start, little Rachel has been enjoying her life like any little girl (pictured with her mother Rhonda, father Colin and younger sister Rebekkah)
She was given a five per cent chance of survival - and if she did live, she would most likely suffer brain damage or a crippling disability

She was given a five per cent chance of survival – and if she did live, she would most likely suffer brain damage or a crippling disability
The now-45-year-old mother said she felt 'amazed' when she breastfed her baby the first time

The now-45-year-old mother said she felt ‘amazed’ when she breastfed her baby the first time
Little Rachel was so tiny, her mother compared her to the size of a 600mL bottle of Coke

Little Rachel…

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