Boy born same size as £10 note beats all the odds to start nursery

Miracle baby born SMALLER THAN A £10 NOTE has beaten all the odds to survive and now he’s even starting nursery – a day his mum feared she’d never see.

Levi Philips no bigger than a 10 pound note at 32 weeks old

Levi Philips no bigger than a 10 pound note at 32 weeks old

Levi Phipps, 3, from Leicester, was born 32 weeks prematurely and weighed just 2lb. He’s since needed surgery to fix three holes in his heart and even had a feeding tube fitted.

But now, plucky Levi has his uniform ready to start at Leicester’s Samworth Enterprise Academy’s pre-school on Thursday.

His mum Katrina Byers, 33, said: “I can’t put into words how proud I am of Levi.

“He’s been written off from day one and I was even advised to terminate the pregnancy but we had to stay strong.

Levi with his mum (L) and looking smart in his school uniform (R)

Levi with his mum (L) and looking smart in his school uniform (R)

“When he was born he was so small and fragile. I still have to look twice when I look at him – it’s unbelievable how well he’s doing considering he was smaller than a £10 note!

“I never thought he’d live to this point so to think he’s starting nursery is an amazing feeling. He turns four in October and he’s doing incredibly well.

“I’m incredibly proud.”

Levi spent his first eight weeks in the neo-natal unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital but had to be fed by a tube and had real difficulty with feeding and putting on weight.

Levi has never formally been diagnosed but Katrina believes he may have a form of dwarfism because he’s shorter than everyone else his age and has developed slowly – he only started walking last Christmas.

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As well as heart surgery Levi has also suffered seizures – one of his kidneys has stopped working and he has problems with low blood pressure.

Katrina, a stay-at-home mum, said: “No-one would ever realise how ill he is.

“He’s smaller than other children his age but he can’t wait to start nursery! He’ll have such a good time and it’ll be so nice to see him having fun with other boys and girls his age.”