Baby who was born so tiny her entire hand fit through dad’s wedding ring defies odds to survive and is finally able to go home at 17 weeks old
This is the touching moment a dad cuddles his three-month premature daughter for the fist time – and she is so tiny, his wedding ring slips easily onto her arm.
Tiny Mollie Perrin was born three weeks premature, on April 27, and doctors told devastated parents Stephanie, 34, and James, 38, not to expect their daughter to live beyond three weeks, after she was diagnosed with a placental disorder before birth.
But amazingly, Mollie managed to pull through – and at 25 days old, this is the incredible moment her parents were able to hold her for the first time – after she defied doctors’ expectations.
And now, at 17 weeks old, her proud parents, from Hull, East Yorks, are finally preparing to take her home for the very first time.
James said: “I can’t believe the moment has finally come for us to take Mollie home.
“After weeks of watching parents come and go with their own babies, it’s finally going to be time to take our little one home.
“The joy and relief we feel is just amazing, we can’t wait to be able to finally be a family, it’s so incredibly special to be able to say we can take Mollie home.”
“At our first scan, the doctors told us we can only expect to have her for three weeks.
“When they told us, we both just broke down. There were so many questions we had to ask. It has been horrific, but the people have really looked after us we are like a family now.
“We were told Mollie was diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), which is a placental disorder.
“The placenta didn’t work properly and in tandem with that, there was umbilical cord restriction, restricting the growth of the baby, because she wasn’t getting the nutrients she needed.
“Mollie just wasn’t getting fed properly. Every week she fell behind in size.”
Delivered by an emergency caesarean section on April 27, Stephanie, 34, was already familiar with the doctors in the hospital, as she had been in there for two weeks already.
While she was in hospital prior to the birth of Mollie, Stephanie was having regular ultrasound scans to make sure Mollie was still alive.
James said though it was much easier having the nurses around to check for a heartbeat.
He added: “It was a relief to have Stephanie in the hospital with the nurses.
“It was incredibly hard at home, having to get up, go about our lives not even knowing if our baby was still alive.
“At least when Stephanie was admitted, we could just ask for an ultrasound.”
Mollie has overcome all those worries to become a miracle baby. Now weighing 5lb 10, she wiggles away and James and Stephanie are now hoping to take her home in the next couple of weeks.
James said: “It will be such a relief to take her home. That’s been the hardest bit; going home and not taking our baby daughter with us.
“Seeing all these other parents come in, having their baby and being able to take them home has been heart-breaking.
“But knowing we will soon be able to do that is a massive relief. It just shows that it is possible to overcome all the odds, and miracles do happen.”