Doctors frequently suggest abortion to parents in difficult pregnancy situations. That’s what makes decisions like this mother’s 10 years ago so encouraging.
Aaliyah Hart weighed 12 ounces and was seven inches long when she was born and she was born three months prematurely with underdeveloped lungs. Now she is a healthy 10-year-old and is a similar size to her classmates.
As the London Daily Mail reports:
A girl born as Britain’s smallest baby ever has celebrated her tenth birthday by being made captain of her school football team.
Aaliyah Hart was just seven inches long and weighed 12oz when she was born three months prematurely in 2003.
Doctors gave her a one per cent chance of survival when they found that her lungs had not developed properly.
Aaliyah Hart was born three months prematurely weighing just 12oz. She was given a one per cent chance of survival because her lungs were not yet fully developed
When she was born she was just seven inches long. Her mother was told that she might die in the womb
But Aaliyah – who was small enough to sit in the palm of her mother’s hand – astounded medics by surviving.
When she started school five years ago her mother, Lorriane, 47, was nervous she would be knocked over in the playground because she only weighed the same as a two year old.
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But the youngster has since grown into a healthy schoolgirl and is now a similar size to her classmates – standing at 4ft and weighing 4 stone.
Amazingly, sporty Aaliyah now loves nothing more than playing football against a team of boys and has been named captain of the girl’s football team at the independent Rosslyn School in Hall Green, Birmingham.
Ms Hart, who was told her daughter might die in the womb, said she was amazed at how Aaliyah had taken to sports.
She said: ‘Aaliyah’s a little tomboy – she loves playing with the boys and she’s developed a really sporty side recently.