- Victoria Bradley, 37, was told her daughter would die when she weighed 1lbs 6oz
- Francesca Bradley-Curran was born in April – just 2 days after the UK cut-off
- Nurses provided the family with keepsakes as they didn’t expect her to survive
- But 9 months on, doctors say is a ‘miracle’ after battling to make it through
A premature baby whose feet were the size of a penny and was born two days after the abortion time-limit was saved by doctors.
Victoria Bradley, 37, was told that her daughter would likely die after she weighed just 1lbs 6oz when she was born in April.
But had Francesca Bradley-Curran, who struggled to take her first breath, been born 48 hours earlier, she wouldn’t have been assisted by doctors.
Under current UK law, infants delivered before the abortion limit aren’t deemed ‘viable’ due to their known low survival rates.
Although survival rates are still low for those born prematurely after the termination cut-off as their bodies are often underdeveloped.
However, nine months on, the ‘miracle’ girl has battled meningitis, sepsis and two collapsed lungs to defy all expectations.
Ms Bradley, from Liverpool, was even given keepsakes of her daughter’s tiny footprints as they didn’t expect her to survive.
But now Francesca is thriving after her discharge from hospital just 17 weeks after being admitted. Ms Bradley said: ‘It’s just great to finally have her home.
‘I didn’t think she would be here. It’s scary to think if she had been just two days earlier they wouldn’t have worked to save her.’