Darcey Clegg’s parents weren’t sure if she was going to survive after she was born weighing just 1lb 5oz, but incredible work by a brilliant medical team means she’s putting on her school uniform this week
When Darcey Clegg was born three months earlier, she was the size of a bag of sugar.
Weighing just 1lb 5oz, she was kept alive in a sandwich bag as doctors at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester worked desperately to keep her alive.
Now, five years later, she has defied the odds and is preparing for her first day of primary school.
Darcey Clegg was born in September 2016 by emergency caesarean – three months early.
The little girl had to fight for her life in hospital until she miraculously came home on December 30 after 64 days in hospital.
Now, despite everything, she is preparing 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 small in that little sandwich bag, I didn’t know if she would make it.
“But now she has defied the odds and is completely healthy.
“It’s so moving to see her start school.
“We have his uniform and everything is ready to go.”
Gill and then-partner Mark Moscrop, 58, owner of a removals van service, were surprised to learn they were expecting in April 2016
“It was a bit of a shock, but a nice shock,” said Gill – who has three other children, Karl, 30, Olivia, 20 and Jack, 18.
Gill’s pregnancy went well until a CT scan at 28 weeks revealed her baby was not getting enough blood and there was a placental abnormality.
She was immediately rushed to the Royal Oldham Hospital for an emergency caesarean section.
“It was terrifying,” Gill said.
“I wasn’t given much hope that she would pull through. But she came out crying.”
Darcey was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit to help her survive the crucial months.
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She struggled with blood transfusions and had to regain her strength before she could return home in time for the New Year in 2016.
“She was the best gift,” Gill said.
Since then, Darcey has defied all odds to be a normal, healthy girl.
“She started walking a little late, but it was an amazing time,” Gill said.
“She is a dream.”
Now Darcey has just graduated from kindergarten and is due to start elementary school in December.
“I already have his whole uniform ready,” Gill said. “It’s crazy that she goes to school. She asks if she goes there every day.
“I still remember looking at her little body in an incubator.
“She defied the odds.”
Darcey said: “I’m really excited to start school.
“I can’t wait to go play with lots of other kids.”
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