Mir­a­cle pre­ma­ture baby turns one

The Oban Times - - News -

A MIR­A­CLE baby who was born 16 weeks pre­ma­ture has cel­e­brated her first birth­day by vis­it­ing hos­pi­tal staff in Stornoway.

Proud par­ents Zerqua and Man­sha Mo­hammed Shahid took Hafsa to the West­ern Isles Hos­pi­tal, Stornoway, and the Princess Royal Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow to pay trib­ute to the NHS staff who looked af­ter them af­ter Hafsa was born on Fa­ther’s Day 2016 when Zerqua was only 24 weeks’ preg­nant.

Hafsa, who weighed just 580g and was so small she could fit into her mother’s hand, spent 19 weeks in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing born in the Princess Royal Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal.

From the out­set, Hafsa did ex­cep­tion­ally well, bat­tling with all the usual as­pects of ex­treme pre­ma­tu­rity, par­tic­u­larly with the mat­u­ra­tion of her lungs. She was ex­tu­bated and in­tu­bated on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions de­pend­ing on her oxy­gen lev­els.

It took 134 days of spe­cial­ist care in Glas­gow be­fore Hafsa – which aptly means hum­ble baby li­on­ess – was strong enough to re­turn home to Stornoway.

Mum Zerqua said: ‘This is a very spe­cial birth­day for us and we plan on cel­e­brat­ing it with fam­ily and friends.

‘Hasfa is de­vel­op­ing well and her weight is now up to 13lbs which I put down to her reap­ing the ben­e­fits of be­ing breastfed from birth.

‘ We are so grate­ful for the help we have re­ceived from NHS staff in Stornoway and in Glas­gow. We can’t thank them enough. To show our sup­port we de­cided to fundraise, with all the money raised go­ing to the Princess Royal Ma­ter­nity Hos­pi­tal’s neona­tal unit.’

Head of mid­wifery Cather­ine Mac­don­ald said: ‘Hafsa is such a happy, pretty lit­tle girl. It’s won­der­ful to see her en­joy­ing her first birth­day when we re­call how frag­ile and small she was when she was born. That’s all be­hind her now.’

Hafsa on her visit to meet NHS staff in Stornoway.

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