Kim Cruickshanks had six miscarriages of babies who did not survive past the twelfth week of pregnancy, but she was determined that her unborn baby Daisy would make it.
Cruickshanks suffers from a condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome, that contributed to the miscarriages. But when Daisy got past the 12 week mark, she did everything she could to care for her baby.
Daily ultimately was born at 23 weeks weighing just over one pound and doctors told Kim her daughter may not make it, as 22-23 weeks is the upper limit of survival for premature children, with a lower percentage of survival compared with children born just weeks later.
Daisy ultimately spent three months in intensive care and wasn’t expected to survive but she is now going home and is expected to make a full recovery. The London Daily Mail newspaper has more on this inspiring story:
A woman who suffered six miscarriages in 14 years has spoken of her joy of finally becoming a mother.
Kim Cruickshanks, 32, gave birth to Daisy four months early and was warned the baby would not survive.
After the agony of losing six unborn children she could not bear to look at her first-born child when she arrived at just 23 weeks, weighing 1lb 1oz .
But to her delight, her husband Anthony Slaughter, 32, turned her round and told her: ‘Look, she’s moving.’
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The couple faced further trauma as Daisy battled for survival at Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent.
The couple were not allowed to hold her for the first 18 days – and she spent three months in intensive care.
She was finally allowed home on August 1 after reaching 4lb 8oz.
Mrs Cruickshanks said: ‘It feels like it’s a miracle – I can’t believe I waited so long have a baby. I didn’t think it was going to happen.
‘I still keep checking on her. I’m forever looking over at her.