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Miracle baby born at just 1lb 6oz and given 20% chance of survival turns one

Little Harper was born by C-section before being airlifted to another hospital for emergency surgery and separated from her mum Chelsey Jobling for three days

Miracle baby born at just 1lb 6oz and given 20% chance of survival turns one
Harper Jobling, pictured with mum Chelsey (Image: newcastle chronicle)

A baby who was born three months early and weighing little more than 1lb is getting ready to celebrate her first birthday.

Doctors gave Harper Jobling just a 20% chance of survival after she was delivered by an emergency C-section at just 27 weeks.

Mum Chelsey Jobling was due to have Harper on March 8 this year, Chronicle Live reports.

But when Chelsey, of Wardley, Gateshead, went for a scan at 27 weeks, doctors said her waters had broken and that the baby would need to be delivered straight away or might not survive.

Baby Harper was delivered by emergency C-section on December 12 last year.

Harper fought to stay alive (Image: newcastle chronicle)

Chelsey, who had preeclampsia and hyperemesis, which causes prolonged nausea and vomiting, was told her baby was too small and she had no water surrounding her.

She said: "The consultant told me he would have to deliver the baby within the hour or I would lose her, but if we delivered her she would have a 20% chance of surviving."

She was then rushed for an emergency C-section and baby Harper was delivered by a team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

She said: "Everyone was telling me it was going to be okay. When I was lying on the table and the baby was born, she didn't cry."

She is about to turn one (Image: newcastle chronicle)

Born weighing just 1lb 6oz, baby Harper had to be resuscitated by doctors and was put on a ventilator to support her breathing before being airlifted to Sunderland Royal Infirmary.

Due to the operation, Chelsey was unable to go with her daughter straight away and they were separated for three days.

"I had to recover from my C-section and couldn't go," she said.

"I didn't wake up until the next morning and was like 'Oh my God, where is she?'

"I didn't get to hold her or see her. I told the doctors I needed to be discharged so I could see her. I travelled to Sunderland Royal Infirmary with a midwife and was cared for there."

The tot then had to be transferred to have 10 inches of her bowel removed after contracting an infection.

"The surgeon's hand was bigger than Harper, she was only about the size of a can of coke," she said.

"I was like 'Oh my God, you can't do it' but he said he'd done it many times before."

Chelsey faced an agonising four hour wait to find out if the operation had been successful.

Harper with grandma Michelle and mum Chelsey (Image: newcastle chronicle)

"I sat with my head in my hands for four hours until she came back," she said.

"I wasn't able to hold her for six weeks. I had my hand inside the incubator touching her."

During Harper's time in hospital, Chelsey hoped for the day she would be able to take her baby girl home.

She said: "Taking her home was amazing, it was the best day ever.

"I used to sit in the RVI and other parents were taking their babies home. I dreamed about doing it and when I got to do it, I cried coming home in the car."

Since leaving hospital, Harper has gone from strength to strength.

"She is little for her age and when I tell people she is one they can't believe it," she said. "She is a lovely little baby."

Now, Chelsey is getting ready to celebrate her baby's first birthday and first Christmas at home with family and friends, including granny Michelle Jobling, 50, and great-granny Susan Jobling, 69.

"This will be her first Christmas at home. It didn't feel like Christmas last year at all," Chelsey said.

"But I can't believe she is one - it has gone so fast. We are going to have a birthday party for her with her friends from play group and all the family."

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