A GIRL given a three per cent chance of surviving birth was four on Christmas Day.
Joanne McKenna, was born two months early as there was no amniotic fluid in her mother’s womb to help her grow.
Joanne McKenna turned four on Christmas DayCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Joanne was given just three per cent chance of surviving birthCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Mum Ruth Mothersdale, 28, was advised to terminate but she and partner Tom McKenna, 30, decided to press on.
Doctors feared Joanne would die but, against the odds, she pulled through.
After deciding to continue with the pregnancy, Ruth, who was due in February, went into labour on Christmas Day 2016 and baby Joanne arrived early, weighing 4lb 11oz.
Fearing the worst, the couple had not bought anything for their new arrival and they focused on making the most of every moment they could spend with her.
But as the hours passed, Joanne was still with them, defying the odds she’d been given in what doctors called a “Christmas miracle”.
Ruth, of Bradford, said: “We didn’t think we’d get any time with her. She’s our Christmas miracle.”
Tom said: “She’s come on leaps and bounds.”
The couple, who also have a nine-year-old son TJ, had suffered a number of miscarriages and thought the worst when Ruth began to experience complications while pregnant with Joanne.
Joanne was in hospital for around three weeks while tests were carried out and was then able to go home with the help of the neo-natal team.
Her parents say Joanne is their ‘Christmas miracle’Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
Joanne’s parents were advised to terminate but they decided to press onCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
She was born two months early as there was no amniotic fluid in her mother’s womb to help her growCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
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