A premature baby born the size of a bag of sugar who was kept alive in a plastic bag has defied the odds to start primary school.
Darcey Clegg, now four, weighed just 1lb 5oz when she was born on 27th September 2016 via an emergency c-section – three months early.
The little girl had to fight for her life in the neonatal unit at Royal Oldham Hospital, Greater Manchester, until she miraculously came home on 30th December after 64 days in hospital.
Now despite everything, she is getting ready to start school in September, and mum, Gill Glegg, 50, couldn't be prouder.
Gill, a carer, from Littleborough, Greater Manchester, said: "Darcey is amazing.
"She was so tiny in that little sandwich bag, I didn't know if she would make it.
"But now she has defied the odds and she is perfectly healthy.
"It's so emotional to see her start school.
"We've got her uniform and everything ready to go."
Gill and her partner at the time, Mark Moscrop, 58, who owns a removal van service, were surprised to find out they were expecting in April 2016
"It was a bit of a shock but a lovely one," Gill – who has three other children, Karl, 30, Olivia, 20 and Jack, 18 – said.
Gill's pregnancy was smooth sailing until a scan at 28 weeks revealed her baby was not receiving enough blood and there was a placental abnormality.
She was immediately rushed to Royal Oldham Hospital for an emergency c-section.
"It was terrifying," Gill said.
"I wasn't given much hope that she would make it.
"But she came out crying."
Darcey was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit to help her survive the crucial months.
She battled blood transfusions and had to build up strength before she could come home in time for New Year in 2016.
"She was the best present," Gill said.
Since then Darcey has defied the odds to be a normal healthy girl.
"She started walking a bit late, but it was an amazing moment," Gill said.
"She is a dream."
Now Darcey has just graduated nursery and is set to start primary school in December.
"I've got all her uniform ready already," Gill said.
"It's crazy that she is going to school.
She asks if she is going everyday.
"I still remember looking at her tiny body in an incubator.
"She defied the odds."
Darcey said: "I'm really excited to start school.
"I can't wait to go and play with lots of other kids."
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