A baby beat the odds to celebrate her first birthday after she was born so tiny her entire arm could be slipped through her father’s wedding RING.
Little Mollie Perrin was born with a rare growth disorder on April 27 last year and weighed a miniature 470g – just 1b 1oz.
The tot’s parents, James and Stephanie Perrin, were dealt the devastating blow that she was not likely to live past three weeks and medics told them to prepare for the worst.
Mollie had intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), meaning she was not growing at a normal rate inside the womb, due to a placental disorder.
She was delivered by an emergency Caesarean section after Stephanie had been in hospital for two weeks under observation, having regular ultrasound scans to make sure the baby was still alive.
But now ‘Miracle Mollie’ has celebrated her milestone birthday and is even standing and has two front teeth.
Her proud parents, who celebrated Mollie’s birthday with family and friends on Wednesday, said they were amazed by their daughter’s strength.
James, who lives with wife Stephanie in Hull, East Yorks., said: “She came off her oxygen earlier this year and is only on one of the nine drugs she first came home with.
“She is now putting weight on and is 10lbs 13oz. She is doing really well and we have now been able to get her into a routine because it’s just getting better and better with her.
“She is standing now and has two front teeth coming through. It is amazing what she has been through and she has proved everybody wrong.
“We both keep looking at Mollie and keep thinking how grateful we are to have her here and have her at home with us. Everybody still calls her Miracle Mollie and she is.”
Despite a brief meningitis scare after returning home last year, James, 39, said his daughter had settled into home life well.
He said: “We are in the period now where we are starting to reflect on this time last year.
“We found out in March last year that she wouldn’t live for longer than three weeks and they said it was almost impossible for our little girl to survive. It was the most difficult time of our lives and something you wouldn’t wish on anybody.
“But after everything we have seen Mollie do in the last year, we are just extremely proud of her and how strong she is in everything she does.
“She is one determined little girl.”
Mollie spent the first 17 weeks of her life being cared for in the Hull Neonatal Unit, at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital.
Speaking when their daughter left for the first time, her father praised the team who saved her life.
“We could never, ever thank them enough,” said Mr Perrin. “There is nothing we could do to show them our appreciation. They have all been brilliant.
“We would not have Mollie with us if they were not here.”